Updated: Purja to Get Shishapangma Permit

Nirmal Purja.

The Italian website Montagna Magica reports that China has agreed to give Nirmal Purja a permit to climb Shishapangma, the closed Tibetan peak that is the only remaining 8,000’er in the Nepali’s remarkable attempt to summit all 14 in seven months.

Federico Bernardi, who broke the exciting news, says that one of his sources was diplomatic and the other was part of the Himalayan Database team. The story has since been confirmed by The Himalayan Times.

Dawa Sherpa of Climbalaya Treks says that he received a message from the China and Tibet Mountaineeering Association that Purja and his team will receive a special permit, thanks to a request by Nepal’s government. Since the Chinese embassy in Nepal remains closed for a week to mark 70 years of Communist rule, the permitting process will begin after October 8.

Purja is currently on the way back to Kathmandu after topping out on Manaslu last week. If he succeeds in climbing Shishapangma, he will have bested the previous fastest times, set by Kim Chang-ho of Korea in 2013 and Jerzy Kukuczka of Poland in 1987, by over seven years.

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Jerry Kobalenko

Jerry Kobalenko

Jerry Kobalenko is the editor of ExplorersWeb. Canada's premier arctic traveler, he is the author of The Horizontal Everest and Arctic Eden, and is currently working on a book about adventures in Labrador. In 2018, he was awarded the Polar Medal by the Governor General of Canada.

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This is great news! Good on China and supporters… Go Nims!


YESSSSSSS!!!! That’s excellent news.


Wooohooo …good luck ,all


May David Mingma join him to the top?


Most likely. Earlier he announced he will be joining Nims Dai on Shishapangma to climb his last remaining 8000er, but that was before the saga with the mountain being closed. If they ever issue a special permit to Nims Dai and team I’d bet Mingma David will be the first in the list.

Damien Francois

RAMRO CHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good luck Nirmal Himal!

Charles Miske

Awesome. Make it so …

Damien Francois

Any news?????????????