A 17-year-old Nepali teenager scales the ‘Killer Mountain’ 

Nima Rinji Sherpa from Sankhuwasabha in Nepal scaled Nanga Parbat (8,126m) on Monday becoming the youngest person in the world to scale the Killer Mountain, expedition organizer said. 

Nima stood atop the peak along with 19 climbers at 7.15am local time, his outfitter Seven Summit Treks said. He summited the peak along with 19 climbers from the Seven Summit Treks, which includes record holder Norwegian climber Kristin Harila, her climbing companion Tenjen Sherpa aka Lama, Swiss climber Sophie Lavaud, Turkish Tunç Fındık. 

This ascent marked Kristin’s and Lama’s 10th ascent of 8,000m peak as part of the Fastest 14 Peaks Project. Sophie and Tunc completed their 14 Peaks. 

“Nima will attempt all remaining four 8,000m mountains in Karakoram this summer and will continue his project to summit all 14 highest peaks,” said his father Tashi Lakpa Sherpa. 

Nima scaled the real summit of Manaslu (8,163) at the age of 16, becoming the youngest person to summit it. On May 24, he scaled Everest and Lhotse, setting two world records– the youngest person to traverse Everest and Lhotse as well as the youngest climber to scale Lhotse. He was 17 years and 35 days. 

Nanga Parbat is his fourth eight-thousander. “He aims to scale all 14 peaks by the age of 19,” said Tashi, who himself is a professional climber and Managing Director of the country’s biggest outfitter Seven Summit Treks. 

At a time, when Nepali climbers see no future in mountaineering, Nima is lucky to have a father who encourages him to pursue a record that requires determination, strength and resources. Tashi wants to see Nima grow on to become an accomplished mountaineer.

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