Nirmal Purja and the Project Possible
Nirmal Purja “Nims” who served for the UK military force for 16 years quit his high paying job in order to accomplish an extraordinary target through his project possible 14/7. Through this project, he wants to climb all 14 of the 8000m+ mountains in one climbing season i.e. 7 months. Previously, the record was held 31 years ago by a Polish Climber Jerzy Kukuczka.
More about Nirmal Purja “Nims”
was born in Myagdi and raised in Chitwan district of Nepal. He is 35 years old
now. Nirmal Purja has Ph.D. in Security management. For his project Possible
14/7, he mortgaged his house for £55k and put it into the project.
“I will strive to break more boundaries and
help others move forward in their lives, realize their dreams and exceed my and
– Nirmal Purja
Getting in Special Boat Service (SBS)
In his 16 years of serving for the UK Military force, Nims contributed 10 years to the secretive world of the UK’s special forces. Nims is the only Nepalese citizen who has worked for special boat service (The Special Boat Service (SBS) is the special forces unit of the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy). Through his involvement with SBS, he got to train himself and challenge the limitations set in Human potential. And that’s the reason why he came up with the project Possible 14/7.
Further reading: Manisha Koirala and her inspiring book HEALED!
Project Possible 14/7
aiming to climb all 14 mountains above 8000m mountains within one climbing season i.e. the period of 7 months. Also, he plans to defeat at least seven-speed world records on mountains over 8,000m high.
The primary objective of this project is to establish a paradigm shift in human potential. We are told not to do this and that. But Nims believes Human potential is limitless and each one of us is capable enough to go beyond it. Similarly, some of the other messages he wants to spread throughout his expedition journey of 7 months include;
- Spreading awareness regarding Global Warming and climate change. He wants to campaign in these issues as well.
- Positive messages across the world to travel to Nepal and specially promote Visit Nepal 2020.
- Raising awareness regarding mental health specifically depression and anxiety.
- Help needy children of Nepal through charitable works.
Why so ambitious project?
Many people might call him a crazy and insane guy. Why to quit a high paying job in the UK military force? He was paid almost 6 lakhs a month and 6 years more work would give him a lifetime paying pension. And he was only 10 years from getting retired. Despite all these, why did he choose to leave everything behind and follow his innate capability to fulfill his hunger for mountains? Might be surprising for many but the answer is simple: he truly LIVES his life there. That’s what makes him HAPPY. 😊
Through this project, he wants to prove and redefine the power of POSSIBLE. He believes he’s the one in 7.2 billion to do this. He claims to have distinct physiology with the ability to acclimatize in higher altitude and strong perseverance.
Further reading: Paanch Pokhari Trekking!
Three Phases of Climbing
(15th March to 1st June)
- Everest (8848m): Nepal
- Lhotse (8516m): Nepal
- Kanchenjunga (8586m):
Nepal (He believes Kanchenjunga summit is a challenging one.)
- Makalu (8481m): Nepal
- Dhaulagiri (8167m): Nepal
- Annapurna (8091m): Nepal
PS; this is the originally planned schedule. He’s a bit behind the planning.
Phase 2 (1st June to 1st August)
- K2 (8611m): Pakistan (It is called a killer mountain as well. As per Nirmal K2 expedition is going to be relatively challenging than other mountains.)
- Nanga Parbat (8126m): Pakistan
- Broad Peak (8047 m): Pakistan
- G1 (8010m): Pakistan
- G2 (8035m): Pakistan
Phase 3 (1st September to 1st November)
- Manaslu (8163m): Nepal
- Shishapangma (8027m): Tibet
- Cho Oyu (8188m): Tibet
Further Reading: Good habits to follow and bad habits to avoid!
Nirmal Purja’s “Nims” Awards and Achievements
In 2016, he rescued a climber from 8450m (Everest Death zone) until camp 4 which is 7950m. The vertical height of almost 500m. During that expedition, he was on a solo mission to climbing Mt. Everest but sadly he had to return. He was thinking of summiting the peak without oxygen. Had it been that way, he’d not be able to save the climber and also put himself in danger. Maybe it was meant to happen likewise. It was one of the toughest things he has done so far in his life. Not even breaking world records was that hard for him as much as the rescue work. Fortunately, the limber has fully recovered now. 😊
Similarly, he led a team of 13 Gurkhas (G200E Gurkha Expedition) as an instructor to the top of Mt. Everest.
And another significant contribution in his leadership was fixing important rope lines to the summit of Mt. Everest. Because of the bad weather, the original rope fixing team missed multiple windows and so he too was a charge of it and successfully completed it as well.
For all these outstanding achievements in high altitude mountaineering, he was awarded MBE (Member of the British Empire by His Majesty Queen Elizabeth II). MBE is one of the five classes of appointment to the order of the British Empire.
Guinness World Records held by Nirmal Purja
- The first Person to Summit Mt. Everest twice, Lhotse once and Makalu once, all in one season, taking a total of 17 days.
- The fastest time from the Summit of Everest to the summit of Lhotse in 10 hours and 15 minutes. The previous record was 20 hours and 2 minutes.
- The fastest consecutive summits of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu taking a total of 5 days, 3 hours and 35 minutes.
Further reading: Kalinchowk Trekking Diaries!
Further Reading: Shrnkhala Khatiwada- Redefining the beauty!
In the end…
I am very much thankful to have known this person. A huge thanks to Shrinkhala Khatiwada for sharing his endeavors. I am totally inspired with what he is trying to accomplish and I am sure he will successfully complete it. Wishing him all the best with the expeditions. I will try to become a better version of myself. And your journey has inspired me mainly in terms of strengthening physiology. Truly grateful! 😊
He is in need of everyone’s support. Please help spread messages across. If you can, please donate. If not, sharing this message will do a lot too. Again requesting you to share this with as many people as you can. 😊
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“I never competed with others. Every day I
try to be better than who I am today.” –