41 years, Australia
41 years, Australia
A former Gurkha soldier joined Armistice commemorations by planting a poppy tribute at the peak of a Himalayan mountain.
Nims Purja, 35, reached the peak of Ama Dablam in the eastern region of Nepal shortly before 11am on Sunday.
Mr Purja said he wanted to do something “very special” to mark the centenary of the Armistice.
“I feel very humble to be paying tribute to all those who gave their lives for our freedom today but I wanted to do something very special for this very special day marking the centenary of the end of the First World War,” he said.
Mr Purja was born in the Dhaulagiri region of Nepal and joined the Brigade of Gurkhas in 2003 before joining the Royal Marines.
Next year he is planning his biggest challenge yet when he tries to raise over £1 million for mindfulness charities.
He is aiming to climb all 14 of the 8,000 metre-plus Himalayan peaks in a single seven month season.
Presently, Purja is the fastest man in the world to climb Everest (8,848m/29,029ft), Lhotse (8,516m/2,7939ft), and Makalu (8,463m/2,7765ft), which he accomplished in 5 days. He has also achieved the fastest time ever from the summit of Everest to the summit of Lhotse taking a total of 10 hours 15 minutes, beating the previous record of 20 hours 2 mins; The fastest consecutive summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu (higher 8000ers) taking a total of five days and the first person to summit Everest twice, Lhotse once and Makalu once in one season taking a total of 17 days.
The information first appeared on www.aol.co.uk and thehimalayantimes.com. The original can be read here and here.
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Location: Australia, Sydney, New South Wales
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