Nimsdai Purja MBE


Former Gurkha & UK Special Forces, record-breaking mountaineer and Elite Exped Founder & Director, Nimsdai ‘Nims’ Purja MBE is showing the world that everyone can dream big and achieve their new possible.

Nims Purja already has 12 mountaineering World Records under his belt, including his 2019 record – documented by Netflix film 14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible – to become the fastest person to summit the world’s 14 highest peaks.

Since then, Nims led a team of mountaineers who became the first to summit K2 in winter – widely considered to be an impossible task. Nims was the first and only person to do so without oxygen. And in 2022, as part of guiding and leading expeditions to help others achieve their goals, Nims set two further records: the summit of three higher 8,000m peaks – Everest, Lhotse and Kanchenjunga – in 8 days, 23 hours and 10 minutes without oxygen, and the completion of the Everest to Lhotse traverse without oxygen in 26 hours.

Not stopping at 12 world records, Nimsdai will attempt another ground-breaking world record in 2023.


With a clear goal to show the world what human beings can achieve, in 2023 Nimsdai will attempt to set a fastest world record to climb all of the 14 highest peaks in the world WITHOUT oxygen.

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Nimsdai holds 12 World Records

  • Fastest Double Higher 8,000ers without oxygen Everest and Lhotse – 25 hours 1 minute
  • Fastest Triple Higher 8,000ers without oxygen Everest, Lhotse and Kanchenjunga in 8 days -23 hours 11 minute
  • Fastest Top Three 8,000ers without oxygen Everest, K2, Kanchenjunga – 75 days 21 hours 45 minutes
  • First and Fastest to climb Everest and Lhotse twice in a single season – 13 days 50 minute
  • Fastest time to climb all 14 mountains above 8000m – 6 Months 6 Days
  • Fastest time to climb all five 8000ers of Pakistan. K2, Nanga Parbat, Broad Peak, G1 and G2 – 23 days
  • Most 8000m peaks (six in total) in a single season. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Kanchenjunga, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu Spring – 31 days
  • Fastest time from summit of Everest to summit of Lhotse and summit of Makalu – 48 hrs 30 mins
  • Fastest time to climb the top five highest mountains of the world. Everest, K2, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu – 70 days
  • Fastest time to climb all eight 8000ers of Nepal. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Kanchenjunga, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Manaslu and Cho Oyu
  • Fastest time from summit of Everest to summit of Lhotse – 10 hrs 15 mins
  • First winter summit of K2

Other Career Highlights

  • 2022 – Named Global Goodwill Ambassador for Nepal Tourism in 2022.
  • 2022 – The Big Mountain Clean Up removed hundreds of kilograms of waste and rubbish from K2 and Everest.
  • 2021 – The Nimsdai Foundation launched the Big Mountain Clean Up, removing waste and rubbish from Manaslu.
  • 2021 – Named as a Mountain Advocate for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in December 2021.
  • 2021 – Documenting his 14/7 Project Possible record attempt, the film 14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible was launched on Netflix in November.
  • 2021 – Launched the Nimsdai Foundation, dedicated to helping protect, preserve and restore the Big Mountain environments.
  • 2020 – His book – Beyond Possible – launched and became a Sunday Times Bestseller, with millions of copies sold worldwide.
  • 2020 – Awarded the prestigious Piolet d’Or Award presented by the Union of Asian Alpine Association (UAAA) with the title of Sherpa of the Year 2020. This prestigious mountaineering award recognises Nimsdai’s achievements.
  • 2018 – Awarded MBE from Her Majesty The Queen, for his outstanding achievement in extreme high-altitude mountaineering.
  • 2018 – Resigned from the SBS to focus full-time on high-altitude mountaineering.
  • 2016 – Nims became the first Gurkha to climb Everest whilst serving in the British Military.
  • 2009 – Accepted into the Royal Navy’s Special Boat Service (SBS), serving as an extreme cold weather specialist.
  • 2003 – Joined the Gurkhas at the age of eighteen.