Nims Purja | Project Possible: The story of our relationship

20th December, 2021. Published by Georgia Watson

Nims Purja | Silxo

In 2019, Silxo’s Founder and CEO Marc Silvester was introduced to Nirmal (Nims Dai) Purja, an ex-Gurkha, and the first non-British member of the Special Boat Service.

When their conversations first began, Nims was developing a plan to reach an incredible goal. The idea was to climb all 14 of the world’s highest peaks, over 8000m high, within 7 months.

Only a handful of people have ever completed all 14 mountains, the first was famous mountaineer, Reinhold Messner, and it took him 16 years to complete them all. The last record holder for climbing all 14 mountains was just over 7 years.

The main reasons for the extreme length of time historically needed to complete this challenge are funding, acclimatisation, and recovery. Even the most experienced of climbers need to rest intensively between climbs, and paying for the equipment, the travel, and the climbing support is extremely expensive.

Nims began his challenge in April 2019 and pushed heavily through social media to raise the funds needed to complete the climbs. He had planned to separate the climbs into three phases.

  • Phase One – April 2019: Annapurja, Dhaulagiri, Kanchenjunga, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu.
  • Phase Two – August 2019: Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum I, Gasherbrum II, K2, Broad Peak.
  • Phase Three – September 2019: Cho You, Manaslu, Shishapangma.

After completing phases one and two of his journey, Nims found he still needed more funding, and quickly, to be able to continue summiting at the pace he wanted. This is where Silxo stepped in. After supporting and cheering Nims on from the beginning, Silxo provided vital sponsorship that allowed Nims to continue with his venture through the final phase.

In the end, Nims and his team climbed all 14 mountains in an incredible 6 months and 6 days. This time included traveling between locations, fundraising, visa issues, and most importantly the time to summit each 8000m+ mountain.

Unbelievably, this time also included a few rescue missions along the way. Whilst safely navigating himself and his team up and down the 14 peaks, Nims also rescued a number of stranded climbers, providing them with his own oxygen at times, and taking them back to safety where they could receive medical attention, even if it meant risking his own life.

Nims Mountain Image

Nims has remained a close friend to Marc and the Silxo team, and Nims has since gone on to write a book, and release a film on Netflix, documenting his journey to complete his 14 peaks challenge.

From the beginning, Nims had always wanted to gain recognition for the Sherpa community in Nepal, who make each and every summit possible for climbers in the most dangerous of conditions. The Sherpas set the safety ropes, lead the group and keep everyone safe from start to finish, yet they so often go unrecognised.

Nims has set up the Nimsdai Foundation as a way of giving back to the mountain communities of Nepal, and the foundation supports educational, technological, and capacity-building initiatives, helping guide the way for the climbers of the future.

Nims truly believes that ‘nothing is impossible’, and we are all looking forward to seeing what he does next. Silxo are proud to have been part of Nims' 14 Peaks adventure, and we will always be behind him every step of the way.

To find out more about Nims’ incredible 14 Peaks challenge, 'Project Possible', click here.

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