May 04, 2023: Norwegian climber Kristin Harila has made history by becoming the first woman climber to successfully scale all 14 peaks above 8,000m. The achievement was confirmed by expedition organizer, Mingma Sherpa, Managing Director, who announced that Kristin reached the summit of Mt Cho Oyu this morning. Along with Tenjen Sherpa and Ngima Rita Sherpa, Kristin scaled Cho Oyu from the Tibetan side.
Kristin’s record-setting bid, named “She Moves Mountain,” was jointly organized by Seven Summit Treks and Climbalaya Treks. She started her journey on April 28, 2022, by scaling Mt Annapurna I, the tenth-highest peak in the world. The climb was followed by successful ascents of 11 more peaks above 8,000m, including Mt Everest, which she reached on May 22, 2022. Kristin then went on to climb Mt Shishapangma last week, setting the record for the fastest ascent of all 14 peaks above 8,000m by a woman.
Kristin completed her 12th 8000er, Mt Manaslu, on September 22, 2022, in less than five months, making her the first woman to do so in such a short time. Her achievement is all the more remarkable considering the fact that she reached all true summits, unlike celebrated climber Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja, who scaled 14 peaks, including fore-summits of Dhaulagiri and Manaslu, in just six months and seven days. Nims had rescaled Mt Manaslu and Mt Dhaulagiri in 2021 to reach the true summits, but Kristin completed all 14 peaks in just one year and five days.