A Norwegian woman remains on track to climb the world’s 14 “super peaks” in the shortest time ever, according to her Instagram account, after climbing Pakistan’s Broad Peak, the ninth mountain on her quest.
Pakistan is home to five of the world’s 14 super peaks – those over 8,000 meters (26,246 feet). Climbing them all is considered the ultimate achievement by mountaineers.
Kristin Harila takes on Nepalese adventurer Nirmal Purja’s 2019 record of six months and six days for climbing all 14.
On Thursday, day 76 of her pursuit, she climbed Broad Peak, the twelfth highest, according to a post on her Instagram page.
Officials from the Alpine Club of Pakistan were not immediately available to confirm the 36-year-old’s latest feat, but it comes just six days after they said she had reached K2, the world’s second-highest peak.
“She will now descend to base camp and then head towards the last two mountains in the second phase of this project, Gasherbrum I and II,” the Instagram post read.
A record number of climbers are climbing Pakistan’s peaks this year, but the mountains have taken their toll – with six missing and feared dead since the season started in June, including four foreigners.
Canadian Richard Cartier, Australian Matthew Eakin, Afghan Ali Akbar and Pakistani Sharif Sadpara are feared on K2, officials at Gilgit-Baltistan’s tourism department said.
Briton Gordon Henderson got lost climbing Broad Peak and Pakistani Iman Karim on Gasherbrum II.
Pakistani officials do not usually list missing climbers as dead until their bodies are recovered.
Records have been set in Pakistan’s mountains this year, according to the Alpine Club, with more than 140 people climbing the 8,611-meter-high K2 – including 20 women.
Until this year, it had only been climbed 425 times, while Everest – the world’s highest – has been conquered by more than 6,000 people since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first reached the summit in 1953.
Last week, Sanu Sherpa, from Nepal, became the first person to complete the double summit of all 14 super peaks after reaching the summit of Gasherbrum II.
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