A Norwegian woman who is trying to be the record-holder for the fastest climb of all the 14 highest peaks in the world arrived in Kathmandu on Tuesday, 6th June after the successful conquest of Mt. Annapurna (8,091 meters).
Kristin Harila is trying to scale all the 14-8000ers mountains within 3 months. The 37-year-old mountaineer is trying to break the record of the British-Nepali climber Nirmal Purja who sumitted to the top of all 14 highest peaks in the world within 190 days.
“I Can Do It in Half”
The 37-year-old Norwegian mountaineer trying to beat the record of the Nepali mountaineer Nirmal Purja initially started her summitting expedition with the goal of completing it within the time frame of the British-Nepali record-holder.
However, speaking to the press on Tuesday in Nepal’s capital, Harila stated that she can achieve her goal of the 14-summits in about half the time she initially had prepared for. Indeed, it doesn’t seem like an impossible dream as the Norwegian mountaineer has already successfully scaled 8 mountains in 40 days.
She is yet to climb Mt. Manaslu (8,163 meters) in Nepal, after completing all the 8000-ers summits, Harila plans to move her expedition to Pakistan to conquer the remaining 5 peaks. The 37-year-old mountaineer had conquered the second-tallest mountain in the world, K2 (8,611 meters) just last year.
Norwegian Mountaineer’s First 14-Summit Expedition in 2022
This isn’t the first time the Norwegian mountaineer has tried to beat the record of Purja. Last year, from April 2022, Harila was on her way to scaling all the 14-summits in a record time. She successfully climbed the 12-8000ers under the project name ‘Bremont 14 Peaks’.
But, due to the pandemic, she couldn’t get a visa and permission to climb Cho Oyo (8,188 meters) and Shishapangma (8,027 meters) from Tibet, China’s side in 2022. During her 2022 expedition, Kristin Harila the final six of the highest peaks in the world in just 29 days, 2 days quicker than the current British-Nepali record-holder Nirmal Purja.
Kristin Harila’s Bremont 14 Peaks Summits, 2022
|8000-er Peak||Summit Date|
|Mt. Annapurna||28th April|
|Mt. Dhaulagiri||8th May|
|Mt. Kanchenjunga||14th May|
|Mt. Everest||22nd May|
|Mt. Lhotse||22nd May|
|Mt. Makalu||27th May|
|Nanga Parbat||1st July|
|Mt. K2||22nd July|
|Broad Peak||28th July|
|Mt. Gasherbrum II||8th August|
|Mt. Gasherbrum I||11th August|
|Mt. Manaslu||22nd September|
In her 2022 project ‘Bremont 14 Peaks’, “Now I will show that a girl can do the same” was Haril’a slogan on her ‘GoFundMe’ page. Speaking in an interview in 2022, after she wasn’t able to complement the successful ascent to all the 14 peaks due to permission issues. The Norwegian mountaineer had told the reporters that she would keep her project going and clearly stated that it wasn’t just about her, but to actually change the thoughts on the gender difference that is still ongoing in the world, especially in mountaineering sports.
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2023 Project ‘She Moves Mountain’
After not being able to break the record on her first 14-peak summit, the 37-year-old mountaineer launched her second project ‘She Move Mountain’ in April 2023. In her 2023 conquest of the 14 peaks under 6 months, Harila has already broken her previous record by scaling both Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse within just 8 hours, her precious record was 8.5 hours in 2022.
The Norwegian mountaineer on her 2023 project commenced her expedition by climbing Mt. Cho Oyo and Mt. Shisapangma, the mountain that she wasn’t able to conquer in her 2022 project due to the Chinese government not granting her permit and visa. In her successful conquest of both of these mountains, Harila broke the record for the ‘Fastest woman to complete the ascent of 14 peaks above 8000 meters’ on 3rd May 2023, the previous record which was held by the Chinese climber Dong Hong Juan.
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Kristin Harila’s She Moves Mountain Summits, 2023
|8000-er Peak||Summit Date|
|Mt. Shishapangma||26th April, 2023|
|Mt. Cho Oyu||3rd May, 2023|
|Mt. Makalu||13th May, 2023|
|Mt. Kanchenjunga||18th May, 2023|
|Mt. Everest||23rd May, 2023|
|Mt. Lhotse||23rd May, 2023|
|Mt. Dhaulgiri||29th May, 2023|
|Mt. Annapurna||5th June, 2023|
|Mt. Manaslu||June 10, 2023|
|Nanga Parbat||June 26, 2023|
|Mt. Gasherbrum II||July 15, 2023|