Norwegian mountaineer Kristin Harila remains in the race to climb the planet’s 14 peaks over 8,000m in record time, after climbing Broad Peak, located in northern Pakistan, according to her Instagram account.
She said she had successfully climbed Broad Peak (8,051 m), the 12th highest peak in the world, on Thursday morning. She has therefore already conquered nine peaks over 8,000 m in just three months.
She can thus always hope to equal, or even improve, the record of Nepalese Nirmal Purja, who took six months and six days in 2019 to climb these 14 peaks, five of which are located in Pakistan.
She launched her project on April 28 by climbing the Annapurna (8,091 m) in Nepal.
Kristin Harila reached the summit of Broad Peak just six days after climbing K2, the second highest mountain on the planet, known for its dangerousness due to the technicality of the ascent and the capricious weather conditions.
He still has two mountains to tame in Pakistan, Gasherbrum-I (8,080 m) and Gasherbrum-II (8,035 m), before finishing his challenge in Nepal and Tibet.
A record number of foreign mountaineers are in Pakistan this summer, after two years of restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This crowd resulted in a record number of successful ascents. According to the Pakistani Alpine Club, some 140 mountaineers – including 20 women – have already climbed K2 this summer, which had previously only been climbed by just over 400 people.
But several tragedies have already taken place. At least six mountaineers, including four foreigners, have died or are presumed dead since the start of the summer season in June.