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Project Possible halfway through: Nirmal Purja climbs Nanga Parbat – his 7th 8,000 and above peak

Nirmal Purja, a former UK Special forces member, has successfully climbed Nanga Parbat, the world’s ninth highest mountain situated in Pakistan.

Purja who is on his ambitious mission named “Project Possible: 14 peaks/ 7 months” summited the peak of 8,126 m on 3 July along with five other climbers. This is his seventh 8,000 m and above peak within less than 3 months – he started the mission by climbing Mt Annapurna on 23 April.

Mingma David Sherpa, Lakpa dendi Sherpa, Walung Dorje Sherpa, Galjen Sherpa and Stefi Troguet from Andorra were among the team who stood atop at the peak with Nirmal Purja.

Purja claimed that “the Project Possible” team, for the first time, opened a route from Camp III to the summit point of Nanga Parbat.

The seven month project has been divided into three phases. Of which, in the initial phase, Purja has already completed by summiting sixth eight thousands mountains.

Nanga Parbat was his first peak among 5 mountains in his second phase, which is expected to be accomplished by 1 August. The four other mountains in the second phase include: K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II.

According to the Project Possible team, Purja will proceed his last phase in September with the mindset of completing it by November. During the phase, he will be summiting the remaining mountains, i.e. Mt Manaslu, Mt Cho Oyu and Mt Sishapangma.




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