July 18, 2023: Norwegian climbers Kristin Harila and Tenjen Sherpa have achieved yet another milestone by successfully scaling Gasherbrum I (G1) in Pakistan. This achievement marks their twelfth 8000er summit in less than three months, cementing their place in the annals of mountaineering history.
Sources at base camp confirmed that Kristin and Tenjen reached the peak of G1, the world’s 11th-highest mountain, at approximately 6:010 am local time. Their accomplishment makes them the fastest climbers to conquer 12 peaks above 8,000 meters.
“They have accomplished this remarkable feat in less than three months,” said sources.
Prior to their G1 conquest, Kristin and Tenjen had already conquered the world’s 13th-highest mountain, G2, on July 15. Their journey began with a successful ascent of Nanga Parbat on June 26.
Their impressive progress has seen them conquer nine mountains over 8,000 meters in a mere 45 days. Before their recent achievements, the record-breaking climbers had summited Mt. Manaslu on June 10, as well as Mt. Annapurna on June 5 and Mt. Dhaulagiri on May 29. On May 23, they achieved the awe-inspiring feat of conquering both Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse. Prior to that, on May 18, they stood atop Kanchenjunga, the world’s third-highest peak.
Kristin Harila initiated her project by scaling Mt. Shishapangma on April 26, followed by a successful ascent of Mt. Cho Oyu in Tibet on May 3. Their relentless pursuit of greatness continued, with Kristin reaching the summit of Mt. Makalu on May 15. Notably, Kristin, who already holds multiple fastest climbing records, became the first woman climber to accomplish the fastest ascent of all 14 peaks above 8,000 meters within a span of just one year and five days, according to sources.
With their sights set on completing all 14 peaks in an unprecedented three-month timeframe, Kristin Harila and Tenjen Sherpa have demonstrated remarkable endurance, resilience, and an unyielding passion for conquering the world’s highest summits. Their awe-inspiring achievements have not only broken records but also served as a testament to the indomitable human spirit in the face of extreme challenges.
They now have only Broad Peak and K2 remaining.