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Norwegian climber trying to develop into quickest individual to climb world’s 14 highest mountains

A Norwegian who simply grew to become the quickest feminine to climb the world’s 14 highest mountains is now aiming to develop into the quickest individual to finish the feat by beating the report set by a male climber in 2019.

Kristin Harila, 37, efficiently scaled Mount Cho Oyu and Mount Shishapangma in China and arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, on Thursday, asserting that she’s going to start climbing in Nepal this month.

“That’s the plan,” Harila mentioned when requested if she is aiming to set a brand new report for scaling the very best peaks.

She hopes to climb the seven highest peaks in Nepal, together with Mount Everest, throughout the present spring climbing season that ends in May, after which full the remaining peaks in Pakistan inside the subsequent 4 months.


“We have to take a seat down and have a gathering and focus on if we will do all seven mountains in Nepal within the spring. We have to take a look at the (climate) forecast and see the way it goes,” she mentioned.

She has roughly 4 weeks to climb the seven highest mountains in Nepal. Most climbers take your complete climbing season to scale only one peak.

Norwegian climber Kristin Harila

Norwegian climber Kristin Harila, 37, smiles after arriving in Kathmandu, Nepal, on May 4, 2023. Harila is aiming to develop into the quickest individual to climb the world’s 14 highest mountains, beating a report set by a male climber in 2019. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

“Now we’re going to relaxation some days after which we’ll see if we go to Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, relying on the climate and situations,” she mentioned.


Harila started her try to climb all 14 peaks in April 2022 and accomplished 12 by September. She then needed to pause as a result of Chinese authorities didn’t enable her to climb final yr. China restricted entry by international climbers due to the coronavirus pandemic.

She was in a position to receive a allow from China this yr and scaled Shishapangma final week and Cho Oyu earlier this week.


The present report is held by Nirmal Purja, a Nepal-born British citizen who scaled the 14 highest peaks in 189 days in 2019, beating the earlier report of greater than seven years set by a South Korean climber. Purja’s climbs had been later made into a well-liked Netflix documentary, “14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible.”

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