This mountaineer has just climbed all the 8,000 meter peaks again
There is a new champion of the highest peaks in the world.
Thursday morning, Nepalese mountaineer Sanu Sherpa reached the top of 26,362 feet from Gasherbrum II in Pakistan, one of 14 mountains on earth above 26,000 feet (or 8,000 meters) in elevation. The ascent marked the completion of an incredible feat that makes Sanu the only person to have scaled all 14 8,000m peaks twice.
Sanu, 47, climbed with the Nepalese guide company Pioneer Adventure, and he reached the summit alongside a Japanese climber named Naoko Watanabe, according to a representative from the guide company.
“Today we write to salute the hero of the Nepalese mountaineering community”, Pioneer Adventure wrote on Instagram. “A Sherpa story that will be sung and recorded in history as a persistent climber with great determination and diligence who traversed the icy mountain winds to fulfill the dreams of other climbers.”
Sanu is a veteran Himalayan mountaineer and he has climbed Everest six times. He made his first ascent of the 8,000 meter peaks in 2019, becoming the third Nepalese to do so, behind Mingma Sherpa and Chhang Dawa Sherpa.
“I simply love climbing. It’s so good to be in the mountains. Climbing peaks is an easy task for me”, Sanu told reporter Dewan Rai of the website Everest Chronicle.
His exploits were eclipsed by fellow countryman Nirmal “Nims” Purja, who set a world speed record for climbing the same peaks in 2019, completing the expedition in just six months and six days. Purja completed his record with an all-Nepalese crew and used his fame to tout the success of Nepal’s mountaineers.
When Everest Chronicle interviewed Sanu earlier this year, he spoke of his early life in Nepal, where he grew up with eight siblings in Sankhuwasabha district, an area that encompasses 27,838 feet of Makalu. Sanu told the site that the family was poor and that he worked as a porter, carrying supplies for climbers and trekkers. He became interested in outdoor equipment used by climbers.
“I used to look at the good clothes and shoes hikers wore. I was more interested in those, not mountaineering,” he said. Everest Chronicle. In 2006, he was selected to lead a Korean expedition up the 26,864-foot Cho Oyu, and the ascent launched his mountaineering career. After that, he worked as a guide and regularly reached the top of the highest peaks.
Sanu said when he summitted all 8,000-foot peaks in 2019, he had already climbed seven twice. So he decided to dedicate himself to climbing the other seven a second time.
“Climbing all 14 peaks twice wasn’t on my mind until other climbers started suggesting I do it,” he said.