Nirmal Purja and his team receive permit to climb Shisha PangmaWith the permission, Purja is on the verge of breaking the record of scaling all of the mountains above 8000 meters in the world in the shortest span of time.
Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja has announced via social media that he and his team have finally received the permit to scale Shisha Pangma (8,027m), the only mountain left on Purja’s list to climb to make the world record of scaling all mountains above 8,000 metres in the shortest span of time.
On a Facebook post, Purja wrote that he was feeling very humble, thankful and proud to be given the permit.
“I would like to thank the government of Nepal for approaching China on my behalf for this project and I would also like to thank the government of China for considering my application and allowing me to climb Shishapangma this year,” said Purja in the post.
Purja has already climbed Annapurna I (8,091m), Dhaulagiri I (8,167m), Kanchenjunga (8,586), Everest, Lhotse and Makalu in a single month. In another month, he scaled Nanga Parbat (8,126m), Gasherbrum I (8,080m), Gasherbrum II (8,036m), Broad Peak (8,051) and K2 (8,611m), Manaslu (8,163m), Cho Oyu (8,188m).
In May, Purja climbed Everest (8,848 metres), descended to South Col and climbed adjoining Lhotse (8,516 metres), then flew to Makalu base camp and climbed that peak (8,481 metres) too—all in 48 hours. He broke his own previous world record for the same three peaks, taking five days in 2017.
A former member of the British Special Forces, Purja started his mission, Project Possible, to climb all 14 of the world’s highest peaks within seven months.
Legendary Polish climber Jerzy Kukuczka currently holds the record for fastest ascent of all 14 eight-thousanders and it took him nearly eight years to accomplish this feat. If all goes well, Purja is primed to break that record.