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Kristin Harila a Norwegian climber launches attempt to scale Nanga Parbat

Kristin Harila a Norwegian climber launches attempt to scale Nanga Parbat

Kristin Harila, a 36-year-old Norwegian woman, has set out on a two-month mission to climb five 8,000-meter peaks in Pakistan, including the world’s second highest peak, K2, and Nanga Parbat.

She has landed in Pakistan as part of her attempt to break the world record for climbing all 14 peaks above 8,000 metres in six months.

Pakistan has five of the world’s 14 summits exceeding 8,000 metres, including K2 (8,611 metres), Nanga Parbat (8,126 metres), Gasherbrum-I (8,080 metres), Broad Peak (8,051 metres), and Gasherbrum-II (8,035 metres).

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Kristin Harila, together with nine other members of her team, including seven Nepalese and one each from China and Japan, has left Nanga Parbat base camp to conquer Nanga Parbat, according to Karrar Haidri, secretary of the Alpine Club of Pakistan (8,126m).

Kristin Harila, according to Mr Haidri, is a professional athlete from Norway.

In May 2021, she established a world record by climbing Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, and Lhotse, Nepal’s highest peak, in less than 12 hours.

Her prior excursions and summit efforts have encouraged her to take on her most recent goal, the ‘Bremont 14 Peaks,’ a massive attempt to become the first woman in history and just the second person ever to climb all 14 peaks above 8,000 metres in less than six months.

Kristin Harila aspires to match or beat Nepali explorer Nirmal Purja’s new world record of six months and six days set in 2019. Last month, she summited Makalu in Nepal. That was her sixth 8,000m summit in just 29 days, topping Nepali adventurer Nirmal Purja’s record of 31 days set in 2019.

This is the second part of her effort, in which she plans to summit all of Pakistan’s peaks above 8000 metres in two months.

Nepal’s Chhiring Namgel Sherpa, Pasdawa Sherpa, Sanu Sherpa, Nima Gyalzen Sherpa, Ningma Dorje Tamang, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, China’s Tseng Ko-Erh, and Japan’s Naoko Watanabe are among the team members of ‘Bremont 14 Peaks Women Too.’

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Ahmed Khan is a Senior Editor at Pakistan Lounge and joined in July 2021. Formerly News Editor at a Local News website

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