Kristin Harila: Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu in Two Days?

Kristin Harila of Norway summited Everest at 8:45 am today. She retreated to Camp 4, rested a while, and at 5:55 pm local time, she has just summited Lhotse.

Pasdawa and Dawa Wongchu Sherpa accompanied her. The three are currently making their way back down to Base Camp.

There will be no rest for Harila afterward. Tomorrow, she’ll helicopter to Makalu Base Camp and start running up again.

“All going well, she’ll reach the summit on May 24,” Lakpa Sherpa of 8K Expeditions told ExplorersWeb.

Tight portrait of two Sherpas and Kristin Harila of Norway

Harila summited Kangchenjunga last week with Oncel Dawa Sherpa and Pasdawa Sherpa. Photo: Kristin Harila

 

Nirmal Purja stunned the world by summiting six 8,000’ers in 31 days. Now, Harila looks poised to beat that mark. She has already summited five 8,000’ers in 24 days.

This season, she has already summited  Annapurna (on April 28), Dhaulagiri, and Kangchenjunga. If the Makalu planning works, she could get done with those six Nepal 8,000’ers in 26 days.

This also suggests that what Purja started as a once-in-a-lifetime challenge has become a new trend in the Himalaya.

The physical strain of such a schedule is hard to imagine. But according to Lakpa, Harila wants to send the message that “women can do it too”.

“She is good,” Lakpa Sherpa said about Harila’s physical condition. “The problem may be the weather. it is getting worse.”

Angela Benavides is a journalist specialised on high-altitude mountaineer and expedition news working with ExplorersWeb.com.

Angela Benavides has been writing about climbing and mountaineering, adventure and outdoor sports for 20+ years.

Prior to that, Angela Benavides spent time at/worked at a number of national and international media. She is also experienced in outdoor-sport consultancy for sponsoring corporates, press manager and communication executive, radio reporter and anchorwoman, etc. Experience in Education: Researcher at Spain’s National University for Distance Learning on the European Commission-funded ECO Learning Project; experience in teaching ELE (Spanish as a Second Language) and transcultural training for expats living in Spain.

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Yeti
Yeti
1 month ago

This speed thing is just disrespectful. Peak bagging, and nothing else. I bet thye don’t even know which mountain they are climbing. Nims’ Project Possible was a totally different thing, though: it had never been done,it will never be done again.

Kevin
Kevin
1 month ago
Reply to  Yeti

Wonder of China will give them permits to climb cho oju and shishapangma this year..

HJT
HJT
1 month ago
Reply to  Kevin

They won’t.

Tom Hayes
Tom Hayes
1 month ago
Reply to  Yeti

The speed thing is fine. What is “disrespectful” (cheating) is using, number one, is oxygen, two, fixed ropes, three, use of aircraft on the mountain. If She and others did not use these things, there would be few speed records and most would have zero chance of reaching the summits. As it should be.

Rahele
Rahele
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom Hayes

Exactly

Maysnow
Maysnow
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom Hayes

and four the : You forgot to list the sherpa!!!

bagra
bagra
1 month ago
Reply to  Yeti

I bet thye don’t even know which mountain they are climbing

lol that made my day 😀
although it’s just a joke…
it was a joke, right ?

Josh Fine
Josh Fine
1 month ago
Reply to  bagra

I think the comment referred to the choppered in and Sherpa served athlete probably being unable to triangulate position on a contour map or negotiate the hike from jiri, let alone tumlingtar.

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Rahele
Rahele
1 month ago
Reply to  bagra

Some how it’s true, not joke

Rahele
Rahele
1 month ago
Reply to  Yeti

Absolutly true, he had done a lot of things too. Like saving some mountainers life and making the path and leading the team…

spartan
spartan
1 month ago
Reply to  Yeti

i know Kristin personally. what u said can’t be furthest from the truth . how could you judge someone you don’t even know ? i climbed with this incredible woman before, and have witnessed her vast knowledge ,and immense physical prowess first hand .

Citrus56
Citrus56
1 month ago

Go Kristin! records a there to be broken! I guess she has it planned all well in her head

Jamiemckelvie81@yahoo.com
Jamiemckelvie81@yahoo.com
1 month ago

Climb on

Lionel Messner
Lionel Messner
1 month ago

I hope these speed records are not being confused with real alpinism. Take any world class endurance athlete, like the sub 2h marathon guy. Let him acclimatize properly, put him in warm clothes, teach him how to walk on crampons and how to pull on a rope, maybe how to climb a latter. Wait for the right weather window. Then fly him to an 8000er, attach him to the fixed rope and tell him to just put one foot in front of the other until he reaches the summit. Then let him get back down, rest, get in the heli,… Read more »