Norwegian mountaineer Kristin Harila and her Nepali guide Tenjen Lama Sherpa, who returned to Kathmandu on Saturday after completing their mission to scale all 14 eight thou-sanders, have been felicitated upon their arrival to Tribhuvan International Airport directly from Mt. K2, Pakistan. The two, Kristin and Tenjen have set world record of becoming the fastest person to climb all 14 above 8,000 metre peak in 92 days. They put their last leg on the Summit of Mt. K2 in Pakistan ten days ago.
Nima Rinji Sherpa, 17, who set the record of becoming the youngest person to climb Mt. K2 was also felicitated upon arrival at the TIA, Kathmandu. Deputy Tourism Minister of Nepal Sushila Shirpali Thakuri welcomed them at the airport presenting with flower bouquet and wrapping shawl.
Similarly, at a formal programme organized by Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu president of Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nima Nuru Sherpa handed over certificates of appreciation to four Sherpa brothers, who climbed Mt. K2 together to set a world record, fastest climbers Kristin and Tenjen, who climbed 14 eight thousanders in 92 days and youngest climber of Mt. K2, Nima Rinji.
Ang Dawa Sherpa, Muktu Lakpa Sherpa, Ngima Dorchi Sherpa and Pechhumbe Sherpa wrote a unique chapter in history by becoming the first set of siblings from the same parents to conquer the challenging heights of Mt. K2 together.
Speaking at the felicitation programme Norwegian record climber Kristin thanked the Nepali Sherpa guides and the organizer Seven Summit Trek for extending support to achieve her dream. In a question whether she will make another attempt on the mountain she said, she wants to rest now as she has already climbed above 8,000 peaks 28 times including the toughest Mt. K2 two times. “I will always come back o Nepal but not to climb another mountain, I love mountain and the people of Nepal,” she remarked.