mountain in snow against blue sky

Kristin Harila: Scaling 14 Peaks in Records Time | Updates dubainepal

Kristin Harila is a Norwegian mountaineer working on her way to setting a new world record after Nirmal Purja for climbing 14 peaks above 8000 m in under 6 months again in 2023 under her new project “She Moves Mountain”. Under this project, she has completed the ascents of three eight-thousanders, Shishapangma, Cho Oyo, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga since April 2023.

In 2022, Kristin was on her way to achieving this incredible feat as she completed scaling 12 peaks out of 14 in Nepal and Pakistan in record time. Unfortunately, she couldn’t complete her mission of scaling 14 peaks in less than 6 months due to permit issues for Shishapangma (8027 m/26,335 ft.) and Cho Oyo (8,201 m/26,906 ft.), both of which are climbed from the Chinese side.

“I will still keep my project going. It’s important. Not just for me, but also for actually changing something with the gender difference that we still see in the world and especially in this sport.” Kristin Harila after her Bremont 14 Peaks attempt in 2022.

In 2023, Harila is back in the mountains with her new project, “She Moves Mountains.” Under this project, she attempts to work on the same previous record of being the fastest person and first woman in history to climb the 14 highest peaks in the world in one season, in less than 6 months. This year, she started her adventure by climbing Shisapangma and Cho Oyo before attempting to climb the rest of the 12 mountains that she climbed last year.

“She Moves Mountains” is a new project, a new attempt at the 14 peaks,” Harila wrote on her Instagram after scaling Shishapangma on April 26, 2023.

On May 3, 2023, Kristin Harila became the fastest woman to complete the ascents of 14 peaks above 8000 meters by completing the climbs of the remaining peaks, Shishapangma and Cho Oyo. She achieved this incredible feat in just one year and five days. A Chinese climber called Dong Hong Juan held the previous record.

Kristin Harila

Kristin Harila in Tibet

Kristin Harila’s 14 Peak Climbing Project Update for 2023

After her previous setback in 2022, Kristin is re-attempting to complete ascents of 14 peaks over 8000 m in less than 6 months. She has completed the following ascents by May 21, 2023.

  1. Kanchenjunga (8,586 metres/28169 ft,) – Date of the Summit: 18 May 2023, approx 12:45 pm
  2. Makalu (8485 meters/27,837 ft.) – Date of the summit: 13 May 2023, approx. 8:35 am
  3. Cho Oyu (8818 meters/26,906 ft.) – Date of the summit: 3rd May 2023, approx. 2:45 pm
  4. Shishapangma (8027 meters/26,335 ft.) – Date of the summit: 26th April 2023, approx. 5 PM

Kristin Harila at Shishapangma

Kristin Harila at the Shishapangma Summit with her team.

Kristin Harila’s Bremont 14 Peaks Project in 2022

Kristin Harila climbed 12 peaks above 8000 m after April 2022 under her project “Bremont 14 peaks”.

“In 2019, Nims set a world record by completing the ascend of 14 peaks in just 6 months and 7 days. The previous record was 7 years. Now I will show that a girl can do the same.” Harila wrote on her GoFundMe page.Kristin Harila to climb 14 peaks Kristin Harila

Kristin’s 14 peak summits in 2022 include the following:

  1. Manaslu – 22nd September 2022
  2. Gasherbrum I – 11th August 2022
  3. Gasherbrum II- 8th August 2022
  4. Broad Peak – 28th July 2022
  5. Mount K2 – 22nd July 2022
  6. Nanga Parbat- 1st July 2022
  7. Makalu- 27th May 2022
  8. Lhotse- 22nd May 2022
  9. Mt. Everest 22nd May 2022
  10. Kanchenjunga- 14th May 2022
  11. Dhaulagiri I – 8th May 2022
  12. Annapurna I – 28th April 2022

According to Explorersweb, Kristin Harila climbed the last 6 world’s highest peaks in just 29 days, 2 days quicker than the record of Nirmal Purja.

Also, she climbed Mount Everest and Lhotse in a single push. Likewise, she hiked to Makalu topless over a week after completing the Everest and Lhotse climbs.

“Of course, not an easy mountain, with much rock and ice, falls around us, especially from Camp 4 to the summit and back without ropes,” Harila said in an Instagram post after completing the Nanga Parbat climb.

“Dangerous mountain? Yes, it is. More technical than anything we have done, and so much warmer than climbing in Nepal!”

Unfortunately, Kristin Harila couldn’t complete the climb of the remaining Cho Oyo and Shisapangama in 2022, as she couldn’t get a visa and climbing permit from Tibet, China.

Previous Summits and Expeditions of Kristin Harila

Here are Kristin’s record climbs and expeditions before a mission to become the fastest woman to climb all 14 Peaks.

2015

  • Kilimanjaro, Afrika (5,895 meters)

2019

  • Lobuche East, Nepal (6,119 meters)
  • Dhaulagiri VII (Putha Hiunchuli), Nepal (7,246 meters)

2020

  • Aconcagua, Argentina- (6,961 meters)
  • Co Adolfo Calle, Argentina (4,270 meters)
  • Pico Vallecitos, Argentina (5,370 meters)
  • Finnmarksvidda by ski alone, 500 km from Alta, by Kautokeino to Vadsø – 18 days.

2021

  • Guided Finnmarksvidda by ski.
  • Mount Everest, Nepal. 8848.86 meters (Seven Summits)
  • Lhotse, Nepal (8516 meters)
  • Island Peak, Nepal (6189 meters)
  • Ama Dablam, Nepal (6812 meters)

The only serious challenge to Purja’s record is :

The first serious challenger to the record of 14 peaks climbed in 6 months and 7 days by Nirmal Purja is Kristin Harila. Kim Chang-Ho, a South Korean climber, had previously completed the same attempt in seven years and 310 days.

The climb of the 14 peaks requires firm determination and a sizeable budget. Climbers use helicopters to move between mountain base camps. The Everest Base Camp Trek takes more than a week, but helicopters can get you to and from base camp in about an hour. So, the climbers use high-altitude helicopters to move between base camps. They also use supplemental oxygen to speed up the ascent.

Kristin Harila is in the same boat. She uses a helicopter to move between base camps and adds supplemental oxygen, like Purja. But in her recent project in 2023, “She Moves Mountains” she plans to scale the mountain summits without supplementary oxygen.

Kristin has a GoFundMe page and sponsors to help with the finances. Also, she is very determined and always pushes herself to achieve her maximum potential.

When Purja challenged himself to complete the ascent of 14 peaks in 2019, he did it before COVID hit the Asian countries. Kristin Harila had a long way to go, as there were COVID restrictions worldwide.

Despite the worldwide restrictions, Kristin did scale 12 peaks in record time in 2022 but couldn’t climb Cho Oyo and Shisapangama due to permit and visa issues.

“In times of adversity, one has to find inner strength, which is why I am letting you all know that I am coming back, and I WILL complete this record next year!” says Kristin.

Kristin Harila was a cross-country skier before she came to the highlights of the mountaineering community in 2021. As a skier, she holds 44th and 46th places in two Norwegian Championships from her club, IL Polarstjernen. She is also the fastest woman to complete the Lhotse summit of Everest in less than 12 hours.

Nims 14 Peaks Records advertised adventure tours in Nepal to a mass number of people around the world. Now, Kristin’s record is expected to boost tourist flow on every Mount Everest trail. This is a good sign for Nepal.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *