Nims Purja poppy tribute

Former Gurkha Lays Poppy Tribute At Mountain Peak

Nims Purja poppy tribute

Mr Purja said he wanted to do something "very special" to mark the centenary of the Armistice​​​ (Picture: Stuart Higgins).

A former Gurkha soldier joined Armistice commemorations by planting a poppy tribute at the peak of a Himalayan mountain.

Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja reached the 7,000-metre peak of Ama Dablam in the east of Nepal shortly before 11am on Remembrance Sunday.

Mr Purja said: "I feel very humble to be paying tribute to all those who gave their lives for our freedom today but I wanted to do something very special for this very special day marking the centenary of the end of the First World War."

Mr Purja was born in the Dhaulagiri region of Nepal and joined the Brigade of Gurkhas in 2003 before joining the Royal Marines.

Next year he is planning his biggest challenge yet when he tries to raise over £1 million for mindfulness charities.

He is aiming to climb all 14 of the 8,000 metre-plus Himalayan peaks in a single seven month season.

Remembrance events have been taking place across the UK to commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day which brought World War One to an end.

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