Purja Reaches Shishapangma; Off to ABC Today

Nirmal Purja at Shishapangma's Base Camp. Photo: Twitter

Visa in hand, Nirmal Purja checked in from Shishapangma’s Base Camp today. Over the weekend, he and his team got their documents, crossed the border and drove all the way to the mountain, which rises on the lonely, windswept Tibetan plateau.

Purja, Mingma Gyabu “David” Sherpa, Ges Man Tamang and Gelje Sherpa reached lower Base Camp yesterday and pitched the tents just before a snowfall covered the place in white. “[It’s] only 20km to Advanced base Camp, we should reach there no problem,” Purja nevertheless announced cheerfully. 

With no trail or fixed ropes, weather conditions will be key on Shishapangma. Meteoexploration forecasts very high winds on the summit for the entire week, so it is unlikely that even Purja will be able to rush up before October 23. So he may need a shade more than six months complete his 14 x 8,000m quest. Not that it matters. The feat, physically, psychologically and logistically, would still be unparalleled.

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Not an Everest climber
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Not an Everest climber

I don’t think the weather conditions are a problem for Nims. He’s demonstrated that on K2 when every other sad-sack was packing up and ready to leave until Nims went up there with his team and fixed the ropes. Nims will get his 14 easy. All the best Nimsdai!

Damien Francois
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Nobody can beat the weaher. Not even Nirmal Himal!
You go one iota too far, you’re dead. But, right, you’re not a… ;-))

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LOL! Agree with you Damien 🙂

Damien Francois
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Wonderful! I’m sure Nims will make it. But be safe, it would be really drmataic to take too many risks and …
Just one thing, Nirmal Himal: Quit doing these “mudras”, they are… stupid! ;-)))

anonymous
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That’s a fairly standard victory sign