A Nepali mountaineer and former British Marine, Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja, sets world record by successfully scaling 13 peaks above 8,000-meters in the shortest period. He took 190 days to achieve this feat, and the records for the fastest attempt are seven years, 10 months and six days by a South Korean climber.
Purja is the first individual to be awarded the “Heroes of Nepal” title for his achievement, a series organized by Nabil Bank Limited to recognize and honor the work of exceptional individuals at the Rastra Sabha Hall in Bhrikuti Mandap on Friday.
Purja said- “It was never about me; it was always about the country and its pride. I would have given up at the beginning when I wasn’t able to gather funds if it was about myself.” He spoke about his campaign ” Project Possible” and shared about the difficulties in managing funds for his project and also his life experiences before embarking on the journey when he served in the British Army.
CEO of Nabil Bank Limited, Mr. Anil Keshary Shah said- “The objective of the Nabil Bank Heroes of Nepal series is to provide a platform to showcase the strengths and achievements of true Nepali heroes so that we can all learn from them.”The Nabil Bank awarded Purja with Rs7, 00,000 along with the title of “Heroes of Nepal. ”
Team up with Nepal Mountaineering Association, the bank announced to provide scholarships to 15 children from the families of mountaineers who lost their lives while on expeditions in the Himalayas.
Source: The Kathmandu Post