Mountain Fuelled Gurkha makes history

Courtesy: Nirmal Purja/facebook

Courtesy: Nirmal Purja/facebook

A Mountain fuelled Gurkha soldier has made history by successfully standing atop the world’s highest peak twice as well as making it to the top of two other mountains above 8,000 m within five days.

According to the expedition organisers and officials, Nirmal Purja, a permanent resident of Myagdi district, scaled Mt Everest twice and also climbed Mt Lhotse and Mt Makalu.

Khadananda Adhikari, a liaison officer from the Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation, said that Purja scaled Mt Everest on May 15 and May 27.

The 34-year-old climber also scaled Mt Lhotse (8,516 m) at around 3:30 pm on May 27 within less than eight hours of his second ascent to Mt Everest, Adhikari quoted the Gurkha soldier as saying.

After making a successful summit to the world’s fourth highest peak, Purja along with four Sherpa support staff left for Mt Makalu (8,485 m) on May 30 from Mt Everest base camp. “Purja and three Sherpa climbers successfully stood atop the world’s fifth highest mountain at 9:20 am on June 1,” Nivesh Karki, Manager at Seven Summit Treks, shared.

The serving sergeant of the Gurkha Engineer in British Army was one of the three expedition members who reached the top of Mt Everest at 2:21 pm on May 15 by opening a summit route to the roof of the world. Purja then scaled Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse and Mt Makalu in five days (May 27 to June 1).