Nepali Climber Scales 14 Highest Mountains in Record Time
Nirmal Perja is a mountain climber who was born and grew up in Nepal. He is one of under 40 people to ever scale the world’s 14 tallest mountains and he did it all in 6 months and 6 days. This is a great story to read weather you are looking admiration or just something that will amaze you.
The feat of climbing the mountains has been a dream for climbers all over the world. The first person to ever do it was Reinhold Messner who completed it on 1986, though it took 16 years to do so. The previous best time was set by a South Korean named Kim Chang-ho who did it in 7 years, 10 months, and 6 days. He didn’t use bottled oxygen though, so it makes sense why it took longer.
He started the idea of the climbing in April 2019. Though when he told his friends his challenge, he didn’t get what he was hoping for. “Everyone was laughing at me”, he said in a recent interview. But that didn’t stop him.
He started the climbing idea with Nepal’s own Mount Annapurna. He then went to the Himalayas, and then climbed 5 others around the mountain range including Mount Everest. After, he set off to Pakistan and their tough Karakorum range where he climbed up 5 more grueling mountains. He finally went for the last 3 mountains on the trip and ended it off on the 26,348-foot-tall mountain, the Shisapangma. It was the smallest mountain, but it proved to be trickier. First of all, China closed off the mountain for the year and they only allowed him on after intense arguing. But that wasn’t all, he also had to battle through an avalanche, very high winds, and even a toothache. After the extreme trip he then said, “It has been a grueling but humbling six months, and I hope to have proven that anything is possible with some determination, self-belief and positivity.” (Newsela)
Nirmal Perja grew up where something normal for you would be a luxury for him. He was born in a small village in western Nepal. When he was a teenager, he joined the British army in a group called the Gurkhas’ which are a group of strong, Nepalis, known for their fearlessness. He served in the army for 10 or so years before he had a love for love for climbing mountains. In Nepal, everyone thinks about Everest because mountain climbing is very popular, and that’s when he started to like it. His first mountain was the 20,075–foot Lobuche Peak which he did in 2012. He then made 2 more mountains including the 5-mile-high Dhaulagiri. After that he finally decided to leave the army and start mountaineering to start the quest.
I think that Nirmal Perja is a great person to look up to, and a great inspiration to all climbers around the globe. He is a good example that you can do anything you put your mind to if you put in hard work and believe in yourself. I think Nirmal Perja is a great demonstration of strength and confidence.
To learn more about Nirmal Perja, click this link. https://newsela.com/read/nepali-climber-record/id/2000001415/