“K2 is a“ wild mountain ””: Nims Dai tells “l’Obs” about his historic winter ascent

On the phone in a corridor, he walks quickly, apologizes: the Nepalese Prime Minister must receive him any minute. Nirmal Purja, alias Nims Dai, 37, therefore responds to interviews on Skype in this narrow space-time, with the energy of an electric battery. Three years ago, the man with over 360,000 Instagram followers was a complete stranger. Today, the mountaineer is the one who, alongside nine Nepalese belonging to the Sherpa ethnic group, has conquered the last “big problem” in the Himalayas: in winter, climbing K2, 8,611 meters, the second highest peak in the mountains. world.

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No one had really taken this former British Special Forces member seriously when the announcement in early 2019 of another extraordinary project: to climb the fourteen highest peaks on the planet in less than a year (the previous record was seven years and a few months). The Nepalese nevertheless reached the top of Shishapangma, his last “8000”, in October 2019 and completed in just seven months its “Possible project”, saving a few lives in the process and posting on his account a photo of the bottled Everest which has been around the world.

In November, Nims Dai was preparing the next move: mount a Nepalese expedition to conquer K2 in the cold season. Arrived at the end of December at the foot of the mountain, located on the border between China and Pakistan, the Nepalese braved dire conditions

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