In a truly extraordinary and unprecedented feat, Norwegian climber Kristin Harila, aged 37, and her Nepali guide Tenjen Sherpa, aged 35, have achieved the unimaginable by conquering all 14 of the world’s highest peaks, each soaring above 8,000 meters. This remarkable accomplishment, known as the “Fastest 14 Peaks” challenge, culminated with the successful ascent of K2 in Pakistan, the second-highest peak on the planet, with the assistance of eight other skilled guides. Typically taking climbers several years to accomplish, Harila and Sherpa defied all odds by completing the challenge in a mere 3 months and 1 day, equivalent to 92 days.
The previous record-holder, Nirmal Purja from Nepal, achieved the remarkable feat in six months and one week back in 2019. However, the dynamic duo of Harila and Sherpa has managed to outshine this milestone, conquering all 14 peaks in a fraction of the time, pending official verification from the Guinness Book of World Records.
Their epic journey commenced on April 26, with the duo beginning their ascent on Shishapangma in the Tibet region of China. From there, they tackled one peak after another, including Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna in Nepal. Their adventure continued into Pakistan, where they scaled Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum I, Gasherbrum II, the Broad Peak, and finally, the monumental K2, completing the challenge in just 92 days.
Fellow climber Garrett Madison, who was part of a separate expedition, commended Harila for her extraordinary mental and physical toughness. The team wisely capitalized on a narrow weather window, a crucial factor in successfully summiting the challenging peaks. Alongside their awe-inspiring accomplishment, another momentous milestone was achieved, as 17-year-old Nima Rinjin Sherpa, one of the sherpas accompanying the climbers, became the youngest person ever to reach the summit of K2.
The mountaineering world stands in awe of Kristin Harila and Tenjen Sherpa’s extraordinary achievement. Their indomitable spirit, unwavering determination, and collaboration with a skilled team of guides have etched their names in history, inspiring future generations of climbers and adventurers worldwide. As the mountaineering community celebrates their triumph, the world eagerly awaits the official recognition of their world record, further solidifying their place among the legends of mountaineering.