Nirmal “Nims” Purja set out to show the world that anything is possible.
The Netflix documentary “14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible” chronicles his record-breaking adventure where he climbed 14 of the highest mountain peaks (all above 26,000 feet) in the world in a record-breaking six months and six days. The previous record was seven years.
“I was told my plan was impossible, so I decided to name it Project Possible,” Purja said. “It doesn’t matter where you come from. You can show the world nothing is impossible.”
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Nims was born in Nepal and served in the British military for 16 years as a Ghurka for six and 10 with the UK Special Forces in the Special Boat Services (SBS), where he started mountain climbing. He left to become a historic mountaineer.
“Elite combat wasn’t enough,” he said. “I wanted more of a test. Something nobody thought was possible – to climb all fourteen ‘death zone’ mountains in seven months.”
The 38-year-old athlete has since accumulated a growing list of record-breaking summits and high-altitude rescue missions.
“I am the Usain Bolt of 8,000 meter,” Purja said in the documentary.
“14 Peaks” follows his incredible Sherpa team as they trek through extreme weather, life-or-death situations, and Purja has an ill mother back home as he needs to raise money to fund the journey.
Whether it is a rescue mission or an expedition, Purja’s approach is the same: “Everything in life is possible armed only with a determined approach and positive mindset.”
He wanted to bring recognition to the Sherpas who have gone nameless and faceless despite their life-saving work and amazing accompishments.
“We got the right platform to be able to do justice to those underrepresented, extreme high-altitude ninjas,” Purja said.
Purja continues to push the boundaries of what many though possible.
Most recently in January, he joined a team of nine Nepalese mountaineers to complete the first-ever winter ascent of Pakistan’s K2, the world’s second-highest peak that is known as “savage mountain” and is more dangerous than Everest.
Today, he is supporting the next generation of climbers through the Nimsdai Foundation.
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