A new dawn has emerged in the mountaineering world as a new hiking world record is set by a former British Marine!!!
Are you a mountaineering enthusiast? It’s a big day for you, word reaching us is that Nirmal Purja has entered the Guinness Book of World Records after being the first man to hike all the 14 mountain ranges that are higher than 8000m in less than six months. Nirmal Purja reached the top of his 14th mountain, Shishapangma in China, on Tuesday morning. There are 14 mountains in the world higher than 8,000m, and the previous record for climbing them all was just under eight years.
Who is Nirmal Purja?
Purja, 36 is a Nepalese- British citizen who joined the British Army in 2003 and became a Royal Marine in 2009. Just like many Nepalese soldiers that have served in the British Army for more than 200 years – specifically the Brigade of Gurkhas -. His climbing career began when he walked to Everest base camp in 2012 and, instead of returning as planned, decided to climb the entire mountain.
He was already the holder of numerous records – including the fastest “double-header” of two mountains higher than 8,000 metres – and was awarded the MBE, a civilian honour, by the Queen in 2018.
Purja’s own website says the previous record-holder was Polish climber Jerzy Kukucza, who finished the challenge in 1987 in 7 years, 11 months and 14 days.
But an article on the British Mountaineering Council’s website says the record-holder was, in fact, the South Korean Kim Chang-ho, with a time of seven years, 10 months and six days. Purja began his campaign in Nepal in April and climbed Mount Everest in May. There, his picture of the queue at the top of the summit gained worldwide attention. During his climbs, he rescued four other climbers – three of whom he called “suicide missions” – and has, in his own words, “bled from every angle”.
In September, his challenge was held up while he waited for permission to climb the final mountain, Shishapangma, in the Tibetan autonomous region of China.
His permit was granted on 15 October after the Nepali government approached the Chinese government on his behalf.
In order, the 14 mountains were:
- Annapurna, Nepal, summit reached 23 April,
- Dhaulagiri, Nepal, 12 May
- Kanchenjunga, Nepal, 15 May
- Everest, Nepal, 22 May
- Lhotse, Nepal, 22 May
- Makalu, Nepal, 24 May
- Nanga Parbat, Pakistan, 3 July
- Gasherbrum 1, Pakistan, 15 July
- Gasherbrum 2, Pakistan, 18 July
- K2, Pakistan, 24 July
- Broad Peak, Pakistan, 26 July
- Cho Oyu, China, 23 September
- Manaslu, Nepal, 27 September
- Shishapangma, China, 29 October
Hiking adventure in East Africa
Are you a mountaineering enthusiast who would probably wish to enjoy a truly spectacular mountain hiking experience? you don’t need to have six months or the climbing physic like that of Purja for you to enjoy a fantastic hiking experience. All you need to do is make Rwanda safari to Volcanoes National Park and engage and enjoy Rwanda hiking safari as you hike any of the 5 ranges of the Virunga ranges that are found in Rwanda such as the Bisoke, Karismbi. Karisimbi has a height of 4506m above sea level while Bisoke has an average height of 3110m. when you decide to make any of these hikes because these hikes are really the total package for any hiking route as you are likely to meet mountain gorillas as you ascend although this hike isn’t intended to be part of the Rwanda gorilla safari experience, you will only be allowed a minute to view these giants but no photographs should be taken, then golden monkeys will definitely show up and a number of forest bird species will give an enthusiastic welcome by their endless twittering in the forest canopies along the hike. At the summit of this hike on mount Bisoke, a beautiful crater gives nothing less of spectacular relaxing joint as it gives a hero’s welcome to the summit, then not forgetting the unbelievably gorgeous view of the Mikeno mount on across the Congo border. This hike will engage an average hiker 4 hours to reach the summit and a maximum of a 2 hour descend to the starting point but a skilled hiker is likely to use only 4 hours to summit and return to the base. Since you’re already in epic centre of Africa gorilla safaris, you shouldn’t miss out on a Rwanda gorilla tour treat since Volcanoes National Park is home to over 10 gorilla families that been habituated to give your gorilla trekking Rwanda experience. Rwanda isn’t the only country where gorilla trekking Africa safaris because gorillas are also found in 2 other countries of Uganda and Congo. A magical gorilla trekking Uganda tour takes you to either Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. During this gorilla safari Uganda, you are awarded an hour to gaze and photograph these magical beings in their natural habitat as they go about their daily rounds. This gorilla trek safari Uganda experience still offers you a chance to site several of the 350 bird species in this tropical paradise. Take a memorable nature walk as you explore this pristine jungle during this Uganda gorilla tour, also don’t miss out on an epic Batwa cultural mash-up during this out of the world gorilla safari in Uganda. The other Africa gorilla trekking adventure option you have is for a Congo gorilla safari to Kahuzi Biega where you get to have a one on one Congo gorilla safari encounter with the eastern lowland gorillas or a Congo gorilla tour Virunga National Park to have a memorable gorilla trekking Congo safari experience with the mountain gorillas.
Where else can engage in a stunning hiking experience in East Africa?
East Africa isn’t only endowed with stunning wildlife diversity but also breathtaking landscapes. If you are to interest yourself in exploring these remarkable landscapes, you can make a Kenya safari to Mt Kenya national park and you can enjoy hiking the prolific Mt Kenya which rises to 5188m above sea level. On top of this hiking experience in Kenya, you shouldn’t miss out on a Kenya wildlife safari to other Kenya safari tour destinations such as include Masai Mara National Reserve, Nairobi National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Tsavo East National Park, Aberdares National Park and Amboseli National Park. Tanzania is the home of Eat Africa’s hiking experience as it is home to Africa’s highest mountain Mt Kilimanjaro. Mt Kilimanjaro rises to over 5896m above sea level and a hiking safari to the top of this mountain takes about 9 days a round trip. This hiking trip can easily be made as part of a larger Tanzania safari to other Tanzania wildlife safari destinations such as Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Park and Serengeti National Park. Finally, your east hiking adventure ends in Uganda with a Rwenzori hiking safari to the Rwenzori mountains which rise up to 5109m above sea level.
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