Nims Purja Net Worth

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Net Worth $ 2,000,000
Real name Nirmal Purja
Source of Wealth Military pension, brand ambassador and promotions
Profession Former Lance Corporal, mountaineer, holder of multiple mountaineering world records
Spouse/Partner Married to Suchi Purja
Date of Birth Jul 25, 1983
Zodiac Leo
Age 39
Gender Male
Pronoun He/Him
Height 173 cm / 5 ft 8 inch
Nationality British - Nepali Magar
Siblings Three older brothers and a younger sister

Biography

Nirmal Purja, also known as Nims or Nimsdai, is a British mountaineer of Nepali descent. He has set multiple world records in high-altitude mountaineering, including the fastest summit of the three highest mountains in the world and consecutive summits of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu in 48 hours. [1]

In 2019, Nims set off to scale the 14 highest, eight-thousand-meter summits in the world in 7 months. The monumental undertaking was named Project Possible 14/7, and it was featured in a Netflix documentary titled 14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible. [2]

Nims’ net worth is estimated at $2 million, mostly accumulated from his army pension, brand partnerships, and corporate sponsorships, such as Osprey [3] , Climb Channel Solutions [4] , and Bremont [5] , and his book “Beyond Possible.”

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Early life

Nirmal ("Nims") Purja was born in the village of Dana in the Myagdi District in Nepal, which is 1,600 meters above sea level near the Dhaulagiri mountain, the seventh highest mountain in the world.

His birthplace might have had a lot to do with his love for high-altitude mountaineering.

However, when he was 4, his family moved to the lowest country lands – the Chitwan District near Kathmandu. His father was a member of the Gurkha soldiers, and his mother came from a farming family.

Nims grew up poor because his parents belonged to different castes, so their families disapproved of their marriage. His three older brothers were Gurkha soldiers, so Nims could afford to go to an English school.

In 2003, Nims also joined the Brigade of Gurkhas. Six years later, in 2009, he got into the Royal Navy's Special Boat Service (SBS), making him the first Gurkha soldier to join the unit. In the SBS, Nims served as a cold-weather warfare specialist, which also sparked his interest and prepared him for his mountaineering passion.

Mountaineering career beginnings

Nims’ first climb was in 2012, climbing the Lobuche East summit of the Himalayas mountain range. As his passion for mountaineering grew, his ambitions also grew. Two years later, in 2014, he ascended the eight-thousander peak of Dhaulagiri in 15 days, and in 2016 he conquered Mount Everest.

The following year, he repeated the Everest ascent together, leading the Gurkha Expedition "G200E" with 13 Gurkhas to commemorate the 200-year-anniversary of the Gurkha service in the British Army.

Purja ascended Mount Everest 6 times, the last on May 22, 2022.

In 2018, he was invited to join the Special Air Services (SAS) unit, but he declined the offer and left the SBS unit with the rank of Lance Corporal because he wanted to dedicate himself to high-altitude mountaineering. With the army pension he received, he was able to support his family.

The same year, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his great work in high-altitude mountaineering.

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Project Possible 14/7

In 2019, Nims set out on an epic mission in which he planned to climb all 14 eight-thousand-meter peaks in the world in seven months. He named the mission “Project Possible 14/7.”

In the first phase, he ascended Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Kangchenjunga, Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu on 24 May 2019. He ascended Lhotse, Mount Everest, and Makalu in just 2 days and 30 minutes, beating his previous Guinness World Record.

Nims finished the second phase in July 2019 by completing Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum I, Gasherbrum II, K2, and Broad Peak, all peaks located in Pakistan. He completed the third phase in September 2019, ascending Cho Oyu (Tibet, China) and Manaslu (Nepal).

The Chinese government needed to grant Nims a special license to ascend Shishapangma (Tibet, China), which he and his team completed on October 29, 2019. He completed the summit using supplemental oxygen.

By completing Project Possible 14/7, Purja broke 7 world records [6] :

  • Fastest ascent with supplemental oxygen of the 14 tallest mountains in the world.
  • Most 8000 m mountains in the Spring season (for six mountains).
  • Most 8000 m mountains in the Summer season (for five mountains).
  • Fastest summit of the three highest mountains in the world (Everest, K2, and Kangchenjunga).
  • Fastest summit of the five highest mountains in the World (Everest, K2, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu).
  • Fastest lower 8000ers (Gasherbrum 1, 2, and Broad Peak).
  • Fastest higher, 8000ers, consecutive summits (for Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu in 48 hours), with which he broke his previous record of 5 days.

Project Possible 14/7 was made into a Netflix documentary named “14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible,” which covers the preparations and challenges he faced in climbing the 14 peaks.

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The documentary was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special. [7]

Additionally, Purja set a speed record for climbing Kangchenjunga, Mount Everest, and Lhotse one after the other without supplemental oxygen in 8 days, 23 hours, and 10 minutes.

In May 2022, Purja set a new speed record for ascending Kangchenjunga, Mount Everest, and Lhotse consecutively without oxygen, with a time of 8 days, 23 hours, and 10 minutes.

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The ascent of K2

On 16 January 2021, Nims made new headways in mountaineering by being the first to ascend the K2 summit in harsh winter conditions. His team consisted of 6 other mountaineers, and they were accompanied by another team of 3 from Seven Summits Treks.

Due to the horrible weather conditions and loss of equipment, the teams decided to join forces and conquer the summit together as one team. It was the first successful ascent of K2 after multiple unsuccessful attempts since 1987.

Nims was the only mountaineer not to use supplemental oxygen, which made him the first person to climb K2 without supplemental oxygen in winter.

Personal life

In 2020, Purja published the book “Beyond Possible.” He is married to Suchi Purja, and they have a daughter, Himani.

Currently, Nims owns the Nimsdai, an enterprise that offers guided mountaineering expeditions, training, and commercial expeditions. [8]

Conclusion

Nims Purja is a high-altitude mountaineer who became famous after climbing all 14 eight-thousand-meter peaks in the world in seven months. His mission was featured in the Netflix documentary “14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible.” He set 8 world records on his expedition.

Purja’s net worth is estimated at $2 million.

References

  1. Nirmal Purja (2022) Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nirmal_Purja (Accessed: November 18, 2022). 

  2. 14 peaks: Nothing is impossible (2022) Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/14_Peaks:_Nothing_Is_Impossible (Accessed: November 18, 2022). 

  3. Osprey announces sponsorship of Mountaineering Legend Nimsdai Purja in his bid for a K2 Winter 2020/21 ascent (2021) Outside Business Journal. Available at: https://www.outsidebusinessjournal.com/press-releases/osprey-announces-sponsorship-of-mountaineering-legend-nimsdai-purja-in-his-bid-for-a-k2-winter-2020-21-ascent/ (Accessed: November 18, 2022). 

  4. Climb Channel Solutions (2022) Climb Channel Solutions sponsors nimsdai 'NIMS' Purja MBE, world-record breaking mountaineer, on his Denali Expedition, GlobeNewswire News Room. Climb Channel Solutions. Available at: https://www.globenewswire.com/en/news-release/2022/04/20/2425430/0/en/Climb-Channel-Solutions-Sponsors-Nimsdai-Nims-Purja-MBE-World-Record-Breaking-Mountaineer-on-his-Denali-Expedition.html (Accessed: November 18, 2022). 

  5. Jones, S. (2020) Why Bremont is backing a mountaineering record attempt, Luxury Daily. Available at: https://www.luxurydaily.com/why-bremont-is-backing-a-mountaineering-record-a (Accessed: November 18, 2022). 

  6. Red Bull gives you wings - redbull.com. Available at: https://www.redbull.com/int-en/athlete/nirmal-purja (Accessed: November 18, 2022). 

  7. Nirmal Purja MBE - Nimsdai on Instagram: "#14Peaks is nominated for an emmy award! it has been nominated for outstanding music composition for a documentary series or special. (no date) Instagram. Available at: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cf-5V9eOtja/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link (Accessed: November 18, 2022). 

  8. High altitude mountain guiding: Achieve your new possible (no date) Nimsdai. Available at: https://www.nimsdai.com/ (Accessed: November 18, 2022).