Ex-soldier climbs world’s 14 highest peaks, smashing record by eight years

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Former Gurkha Nirmal Purja completed feat in six months and six days

A Nepalese former British army soldier has climbed all 14 of the world’s 8,000-metre high mountains in just 189 days, demolishing the previous record for completing the Himalayan giants by almost eight years.

Nirmal “Nims” Purja, who came to international attention this year with the publication of his shocking photograph of a queue of climbers close to the summit of Everest, completed the last of his 14 climbs, to the summit of Shishapangma, at 8.58am local time on Tuesday, almost exactly on the schedule predicted by his support team last week.

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Written by Peter Beaumont
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Ex-soldier climbs world’s 14 highest peaks, smashing record by eight years

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