Only Shishapangma Remains as Nims Nears New Record
Having practically run up and down Cho Oyu, Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja headed straight back to Manaslu. Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world and would mark his 13th 8,000m (26,246ft) peak in just six months.
Alongside his Project Possible team, he guided a small group of commercial climbers on the mountain. Only four days after topping out on Cho Oyu he reached Manaslu’s summit. In a short video from the top, he lobbied for support to finish his quest. Shishapangma, his final peak, had been closed for the season by the Chinese government. He hoped that public pressure might help him to persuade the government to provide a one-time permit so that he could complete his quest before the end of his self-imposed time limit.
Nims returned to Kathmandu and spent time with Nepalese officials who agreed to intervene on his behalf with the Chinese government. Thankfully, it seems that they were successful. On October 1 it was reported that he would be granted a special permit to climb the Tibetan peak.