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Nepal man shatters record for scaling world’s highest peaks

/ 06:00 PM October 29, 2019
Nepal man shatters record for scaling world's highest peaks

In this November 12, 2015, file photo, Mt. Everest is seen from the way to Kalapatthar in Nepal. A Nepalese national has shattered the previous mountaineering record for successfully climbing the world’s 14 highest peaks, completing the feat in 189 days. (AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa, File)

KATHMANDU, Nepal — A Nepalese national has shattered the previous mountaineering record as he successfully climbed the world’s 14 highest peaks, completing the feat in 189 days.

Nirmal Purja scaled the 8,027-meter (26,340-foot) Mount Shishapangma in China on Tuesday, which was the last of the 14 peaks that are more than 8,000 meters (26,240 feet) in height.

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The previous record for climbing the 14 peaks was seven years, 10 months, and six days. It was set by South Korean climber Kim Chang-ho.

Mingma Sherpa of the Seven Summit Treks in Kathmandu, which equipped the expedition, said Purja was safely descending from the summit.

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A former soldier in the British army, Purja began his mission on April 23 with a climb of Mount Annpurna in Nepal. He scaled Mount Everest on May 22. /kga

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