A Norwegian woman mountain climber and her Nepali Sherpa guide have set a new record by scaling the world’s 14 highest peaks in 92 days, a Pakistani mountaineering official said.
On Thursday, Kristin Harila and Tenjen Sherpa summitted K2 on the Chinese-Pakistani border in the Karakorum Range — considered to be among the most dangerous peaks for mountaineers.
All the peaks the two summitted are above 8,000 meters (about 26,000 feet), said Karrar Haidri, the secretary at the Pakistan Alpine Club.
The previous record-holder, Nirmal Purja, a Nepali-born British citizen, had scaled the 14 peaks in 189 days in 2019.
A big congratulations to Kristin Harila and Tenjen Sherpa on this remarkable achievement,” said Haidri. “They successfully and safely completed the scaling of all of the 14 highest peaks in the shortest time. They did it in 92 days.”
Also Thursday, Nepali Sherpa Nima Rinji at the age of 17 became the world’s youngest climber to summit K2. His summit was separate from Harila’s and Tenjen’s but the three were all part of a 20-member group that scaled K2 at different times on Thursday.
The 20 were now on their way back to base camp, where a festive welcome awaits them all, Haidri said.
K2 has one of the deadliest records for mountaineers, with most climbers dying on the descent, where the slightest mistake can trigger an avalanche and become fatal. Only a few hundred climbers have successfully reached its summit.
Considered extremely difficult to climb, K2 is not only the second-highest mountain after Mount Everest, its ascent and descent are considered to be much more challenging. Pakistan’s military often launches rescue operations to find stranded mountaineers who travel to this South Asian country from all over the world for the sport.
Harila and Tenjen scaled Mount Everest in May and on Sunday, the two scaled Broad Peak, the world’s twelfth highest mountain, located in northern Pakistan, before starting their expedition to K2.
Earlier in July, Polish climber Pawel Tomasz Kope died after scaling Pakistan’s Nanga Parbat, known as “killer mountain” for its dangerous conditions. He was descending the mountain in bad weather conditions when he collapsed.
Harila, 37, first attempted to break the record and climb all 14 top peaks in 2022 but summitted only 12 of them after Chinese authorities restricted access to foreign climbers during the coronavirus pandemic.