Nims Purja on Mount Everest in 2017.
Gurkhas

Aim High: Gurkha Wants To Break Mountaineering Record

After 16 years in the British Army, a Gurkha is aiming to break an epic mountaineering world record.

Nims Purja on Mount Everest in 2017.

Former Gurkha mountaineer Nims Purja on Mount Everest in 2017.

A Gurkha who’s spent 16 years in the British Army is aiming to break an epic mountaineering world record.

Nims Purja, who was in the Special Forces for 10 years, wants to climb 14 mountains in the world in just seven months. The current record is seven years, 11 months and 14 days. 

Lulworth Cove, in Dorset, is where Mr Purja is currently training for his enterprise. 

"When I went for the Special Forces selection, this is the ground where I was training," explains Mr Purja.

"This is one of the hardest routes you can do in England."

Having both hills and the sea nearby, he says, provide the perfect training conditions to prepare for the high peaks he aims to climb.

Soon, however, he wishes to swap the hills in Dorset for the Himalaya. 

While the seven-month goal seems implausible when looking at the current record, Mr Purja is not intimidated by it.

Nims Purja and the rest of the Gurkha brigade on Mount Everest in 2017.
Nims Purja and the rest of the Gurkha brigade on Mount Everest in 2017.

In 2017, in fact, he scaled Mount Everest twice and also climbed Mount Lhotse and Mount Makalu in just five days. 

"When I summited [Mount] Everest, Lhotse and Makalu in five days, I wasn't tired at all."

"I feel like I can achieve well above and beyond," Mr Purja says when looking at his current achievements. 

Nims Purja training in Dorset.
Nims Purja training in Dorset.

In total, he already holds three mountaineering world records and he has climbed Mount Everest on several occasions.

Now, however, Mr Purja is putting everything on the line to achieve his new dream, even re-mortgaging his Hampshire home.

"I was born in Nepal, I'm the best of the Gurkhas," he admits with a smile.

He hopes with adequate training he will be able to complete his challenge, named 'Project Possible'.

Gurkha battallion during their 2017 ascent.
Gurkha battallion during their 2017 ascent.

Nims Purja is also leaving the military to pursue his dream.

He will need £750,000 to complete the challenge and he is still some way off that target, but he aims to set off on 15 March.