ISLAMABAD: After submitting Pakistan’s Broad Peak as the ninth mountain in her quest, a Norwegian woman declared on her Instagram account that she is still on track to climb the world’s 14 “super peaks” in the quickest time ever. Five of the world’s 14 super peaks, or peaks higher than 8,000 meters, are found in Pakistan (26,246 feet).
Mountaineers view ascending them all as the pinnacle of success. The record set by Nepali explorer Nirmal Purja in 2019 for climbing all 14 peaks in six months and six days is being challenged by Kristin Harila. She ascended Broad Peak, the twelfth-highest peak, on Thursday, day 76 of her journey.
Although representatives from the Pakistani Alpine Club were not immediately ready to corroborate the 36-year-most old’s recent accomplishment, they had before reported that she had summited K2, the second-highest mountain in the world.
While a record number of climbers are taking on Pakistan’s summits this year, the mountains have taken their toll, leaving six people, including four international climbers, missing and presumed dead since the season started in June.