Nims Purja smashes 8000ers record

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This morning, 29th October, at 8:58 local time, Nepali mountaineer Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja summited Shishapangma in Tibet and in doing so set a new record of 189 days for climbing all of the 8000m peaks.

To put the achievement in perspective, the previous record held by the late South Korean, Kim Chang-ho, stood at seven years, 10 months and six days, and the only Briton to have ever climbed all the 8000ers – Alan Hinkes – took 21 years. It should be noted that some members of the ‘8000ers Club’ climbed without the use of supplementary oxygen, and sometimes by new routes; Nims, however, opted to use oxygen and to use ‘normal’ routes with the justification being, quite understandably, that the time frame he had set himself made this necessary.

After summiting his last peak, Nims said:  “I am overwhelmed and incredibly proud to have completed this final summit and achieved my goal of climbing the world’s 14 tallest mountains in record time. It has been a gruelling but humbling six months,” he said. “By achieving this goal, I knew I could inspire people from all generations, across the world.”

Nims talked exclusively to Trek & Mountain in a recent interview about his motivation for attempting the 8000ers speed record, how he got into high altitude mountaineering and how his training in the UK Special Forces has helped him achieve his goals. You can read the full interview in the LATEST ISSUE of Trek & Mountain.


  1. Annapurna          summited 23rd April
  2. Dhaulagiri            summited 12th May
  3. Kanchenjunga summited 15th May
  4. Everest                 summited 22nd May
  5. Lhotse  summited 22nd May
  6. Makalu                 summited 24th May
  7. Nanga Parbat     summited 3rd July
  8. Gasherbrum I     summited 15th July
  9. Gasherbrum II summited 18th July
  10. K2                           summited 24th July
  11. Broad Peak          summited 26th July
  12. Cho You                summited 23rd September
  13. Manaslu               summited 27th September
  14. Shishapangma summited 29th October

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