Kristin Harila of Norway, Grace Tseng of Taiwan successfully summitt Nanga Parbat

36-year-old Kristin Harila from Norway set a world record becoming the fastest woman to climb Mount Everest and Lhotse in less than twelve hours

July 01, 2022
Source: Kristin Harila (L), Grace Tseng (R) 

KARACHI: Two foreign female climbers have successfully summitted Nanga Parbat, the world’s 9th highest mountain peak at 8126m, on Friday morning to complete first major summit in Pakistan of the season.

Karrar Haidri, the secretary of Alpine Club of Pakistan, confirmed to Geo News that the climbers Kristin Harila of Norway and Grace Tseng of Taiwan reached on top this morning at around 11:00am PKT.

Both the climbers were joined by Nepali team-members who were part of summit as climbers.

Kristin was accompanied by Pasdawa Sherpa, Dawa Ongju Sherpa and Chhiring Namgel Sherpa while Grace Tseng was joined by Nima Gyalzen Sherpa and Ningma Tamang Dorje.

36-year-old Kristin Harila from Norway set a world record becoming the fastest woman to climb Mount Everest and Lhotse in less than twelve hours in May. She is aiming to become the first woman in history and the second person ever to climb all 14 peaks above 8,000m in just 6 months.

Only 44 people in history have summited all 14 peaks, in completing this challenge Kristin would also become the first person to do so from a Scandinavian country. The 36-year-old hopes to match or surpass Nepali adventurer Nirmal Purja and his groundbreaking 2019 record of six months and six days.

"I am feeling great. Nice weather, 11.5 hours since camp 4. I am glad to have completed the first peak in Pakistan", Kristin said in a message from the summit of Nanga Parbat before starting the descend to base camp.

29-year-old Grace Tseng is first Taiwanese to scale Nanga Parbat. She had earlier become the 1st female in the world to climb Kanchenjunga in Autumn season. She is also the youngest female to climb Annapurna without O2 at the age of 29.

Nanga Parba is her 8th peak of above 8,000m as she also aims to climb all 14 8,000er of the world.