Aug 05, 2023: two mountaineers who successfully climbed 14 Himalayan peaks in three months were given a grand welcome at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
The climbers, Kristin Harila from Norway and Nepali guide Tenjen (Lama) Sherpa, achieved the remarkable feat of climbing the second-highest peak in the world, Mount K2 (8,611 meters), on the morning of August 11th. Upon their return to Nepal, they were warmly welcomed at the airport by Sushila Sirpali Thakuri, the Minister for Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation. Representatives from the Ministry of Tourism, Tourism Department, Nepal Mountaineering Association, and various other tourism-related organizations and climbers were present at the airport to honor and congratulate the record-breaking mountaineers.
According to reports by the company that organized the expedition, along with climbing K2, Kristin Harila and Tenjen conquered 14 peaks higher than 8,000 meters in just three months, setting a new record.
Before this, Nirmal Purja completed the same challenge of climbing 14 peaks above 8,000 meters in seven months and 11 days in 2019.
Kristin Harila and Tenjen had set their target to complete the ascent of 14 peaks higher than 8,000 meters in just four months. Notably, Kristin Harila became the first woman mountaineer to achieve this feat in the shortest time possible, beating the previous record. Among the peaks they climbed were Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum II, Gasherbrum I, Broad Peak, and K2.
The remarkable mountaineering achievement of Christine and Tenjen was honored and celebrated by the Nepal Tourism Board in a special program held today.