20 climbers summit Nanga Parbat

Nima Rinji, a Sherpa from Nepal, and Shah Doulat from Gilgit-Baltistan became the world’s youngest climbers to have scaled the 8126-meter-high peak;

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Twenty climbers from different nations including four from Gilgit-Baltistan successfully scaled Nanga Parbat, the ninth-highest mountain peak on earth.

Nima Rinji, a Sherpa from Nepal, and Shah Doulat from Gilgit-Baltistan became the world’s youngest climbers to have scaled the 8126-meter-high peak, at 7:15am local time on June 26, 2023.

Nima, 17, and Shah Doulat, 24, successfully ascended the most technical and difficult mountain in the world, Seven Summit Treks (SST) official Chhang Dawa Sherpa shared.

Earlier in the last spring season, Nima also set the world record on Mount Everest and Lhotse in Nepal by climbing double headers (8000ers) on May 24 May within 10 hours, he added.

In 2022, Nima the youngest son of climber Tashi Lakpa Sherpa set the world record after becoming the youngest person in the world to have scaled the Manaslu real summit.

Shah Doulat from Shimshal Valley in Hunza District and Sajid Sadpara from Baltistan reached the summit of the ‘killer mountain’ at 8am without using an oxygen supplement.

 The summit group was larger than expected thanks to a few last-minute additions, namely, Kristin Harila and her sherpa team, and Mexico’s Viridiana Alvarez, says a report by Angela Benavides in ExplorersWeb.

Seven Summit Treks, a Nepal-based official mountaineering company, also shared the development on Twitter stating, a team of 20 international climbers, successfully reached the summit while fixing the summit rope. 

The world record holder from Norway, Kristin Harila reached yet another milestone in her quest to climb the world’s 14 highest peaks. She successfully summited Nanga Parbat, the first in Pakistan marking her 10th successful ascent of an 8000-meter peak this year.

Tenjen (Lama) Sherpa led Harila’s sherpa team on all her 8,000m summits so far this year. Tenjen has climbed every mountain this year with her so far.

“This accomplishment is a testament to Kristin’s mountaineering prowess, physical endurance, and mental fortitude,” says a statement on her Facebook page.

Throughout her journey, she has encountered numerous obstacles and pushed herself beyond her limits, demonstrating a strong dedication to her mission. With each summit, Kristin continues to inspire and captivate audiences around the world with her remarkable achievements. As she transitions into the Pakistan phase of her expedition, Kristin remains focused and determined to conquer the remaining four mountains in the country.

Kristin extended her thanks to her team and sponsors and those who contributed to her climb and all her followers.

Coincidentally, Pasdawa Sherpa was also at the summit today. Last year, Pasdawa was one of two Nepalese climbers who supported Harila on her first attempt to summit the 14×8,000’ers within six months. Pasdawa, working with 8K Expeditions, topped out on Nanga Parbat with American Gina Marie Han-Lee and Nawang Sherpa.

Tunc Findik of Turkey completed his 14×8,000’ers quest without O2.

Additionally, Sophie Lavaud and Tunc Findik completed their 14 Peak (all 8000ers) journey by conquering the final remaining peak, Nanga Parbat,” read the tweet.

Sajid Sadpara, who climbed the deadly K2 at the age of 19, has summited six peaks without oxygen. 

In April this year, he made history by scaling Mount Annapurna in Nepal, the world’s tenth-highest peak without the aid of supplementary oxygen.

Most of today’s summiteers were outfitted by SST issued a list of 20 confirmed names:

1. Kristin Harila (Norway)
2. Tenjen Sherpa “Lama” (Nepal)
3. Pasang Nurbu Sherpa (Nepal)
4. Nima Rinji Sherpa (Nepal)
5. Sophie Lavaud (holds French, Swiss, and Canadian nationalities)
6. Dawa Sangay Sherpa (Nepal)
7. Dendi Sherpa (Nepal)
8. Pasang Tenji Sherpa (Nepal)
9. Alina Pekova (Russia)
10. Sajid Ali Sadpara (Pakistan)
11. Tunc Findik (Turkey)
12. Nima Dorje Sherpa (Nepal)

13. Viridiana Alvarez (Mexico)
14. Lakpa Temba Sherpa (Nepal)
15. Yousuf Ali (Pakistan)
16. Imtiaz Ali Sadpara (Pakistan)
17. Francois Damilano (France)
18. Ulysse Lefevre (France)
19. Ming Temba Sherpa (Nepal)
20. Lakpa Temba Sherpa (Nepal)

Reports from Base Camp note that weather conditions are worsening, but there might be another window in early July that could permit more summits.

Meanwhile, many climbers are starting the approach trek to K2 and Broad Peak from Skardu, aiming to reach Base Camp by the end of the week.

Nanga Parbat, or “Naked Mountain”, stands at a height of 8,125 meters (26,660 feet), and presents a formidable challenge even to the most experienced climbers.


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