Vadim Druelle Bags FKT on Nanga Parbat: 15h 15min

Going without bottled oxygen, Vadim Druelle of France climbed Nanga Parbat fast. Faster than anyone, it turns out.

Druelle did it in a mind-blowing 15 hours and 15 minutes from Base Camp to summit. This smashes Francois Cazzanelli‘s previous record of 20 hours and 22 minutes that he set in 2022.

Druelle on a treadmill

Druelle trains before Nanga Parbat. Photo: Vadim Druelle/Facebook


The climb was a promising feat for an athlete who is only 22 years old. It was particularly impressive because Nanga Parbat has one of the highest elevation gains of all the 8,000’ers: some 3,900 vertical meters in 20 kilometers between Base Camp and summit.

Druelle, who was supported by Seven Summit Climbs, had the trail broken by other climbers. Still, his time is remarkable.

Speed and no oxygen have been Druelle’s specialty on the 8,000’ers. He summited his first one, Manaslu, in that style at only 19 years old. Then he did Kangchenjunga in less than 19 hours in 2023. Earlier this year, Druelle planned a FKT on Annapurna but had to abort the climb because of food poisoning.

the climber on a windy , snowy summit, holding a French flag attached to his ice-axe

Vadim Druelle on the summit of Kangchenjunga in 2023. Photo: Vadim Druelle/Facebook

Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides graduated university in journalism and specializes in high-altitude mountaineering and expedition news. She has been writing about climbing and mountaineering, adventure and outdoor sports for 20+ years.

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