Norwegian climber Kristin Harila

Norwegian climber Kristin Harila to attempt Pakistan’s 8000m peaks to beat world record

Norwegian female climber Kristin Harila has arrived in Pakistan as part of her campaign to beat the time record of ascending the world’s all 14 above 8000-metre peaks in just six months.

“If she meets her target it will be a monumental feat as she will become the first woman in history and the second person ever to climb all the eight-thousanders in such a short span of time [in six months],” Karrar Haidri, secretary Alpine Club of Pakistan (ACP) told on Wednesday.

Achievements of Norwegian climber Kristin Harila

The 36-year-old Kristin climbed Makalu, last month. That was her sixth 8,000m summit in just 29 days, beating out Nepali adventurer Nirmal Purja’s 31 days in 2019 for the fastest time to summit that many 8,000m peaks. Now, she aims to match or surpass Nirmal and his groundbreaking 2019 record of six months and six days.

Five of the 14 above 8000m peaks in the world, including the world’s second highest peak K2 (8,611m), Nanga Parbat (8,126m), Gasherbrum I (8080m), Broad Peak (8051m), Gasherbrum II (8,035m) are located in Pakistan.

“This is the second phase of her campaign wherein she will be attempting to summit Pakistan’s all the above 8000-metre peaks in two months,” Haidri said.

According to Haidri, Kristin along with nine other members of her team – seven Nepalese and one each from China and Japan departed from Islamabad on Wednesday to scale Nanga Parbat.

The members include 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.

“After Nanga Parbat, they will attempt K2, then Broad Peak and finally Gasherbrum-I and Gasherbrum-II,” Haidri added.

Only 44 people in history have summited all the 14 peaks. By accomplishing the goal Kristin will also become the first person to do so from a Scandinavian country.

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