Nirmal Purja

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Mountaineer , Former British Soldier (1983)
Mon May 17 2021
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Relationship Timeline Of Nirmal Purja

Wife : Suchi Purja
Nirmal Purja Married To Suchi Purja In 2006

Nirmal Purja aka Nimsdai is the only mountaineer in history to summit all the 14 tallest peaks within '6 months' and '6 days'!The fearless Nepalese mountaineer, Nirmal 'Nims' Purja is also the 'first Nepalese Gurkha soldier' to serve Special Boat Service (SBS) for British Army; an elite soldier and the hero of the Himalayas is best known for his heroism, courage, and passion for mountaineering. 

The inspirational mountaineer was even awarded Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth back in 2018. Currently, he runs an enterprise 'Nimsdai' with an objective to share his experiences, ideas, knowledge, and techniques for climbing the tallest mountain peaks in the world.

Find out more details about his birth & childhood, adulthood, story of the mountains, records & achievements, publications, net worth, relationship status, and body measurements in the following.

Nirmal Purja Wiki/Bio - Birth & Childhood

Nirmal Purja was born on July 25, 1983, in Dana village, Myagdi district of western Nepal. When he was 4 years old, his family migrated to Chitwan - the place where he grew up. His nickname is 'Nimsdai'. His father is a former Indian Gurkha soldier and his mother used to work as a farmer.

Nirmal's Father was a Indian Gurkha Soldier and his mother used to work as farmer
Photo of Father and the Mother of Nirmal Purja 
Image Source: Instagram

He shares three elder brothers, all of them were Gurkha soldiers serving British Army and a younger sister. 'Being a Gurkha was my only dream. It was the only thing I wanted to do', says Nirmal in his autobiography book.


The young courageous Nirmal joined British Army in 2003. Six years later in 2009, he became the first-ever Gurkha to join Special Boat Service (SBS). He later served the elite forces as a cold-weather warfare specialist.

Nirmal Purja joined the British Army in 2003 (Left) & Nirmal during his adulthood at British Army (right).
Image Source: @nimsdai Instagram

However, he retired from British Army in 2018 to focus on his passion for mountaineering and it wasn't a wrong choice either.

Conquering the Mountains

Back in 2012 when Nimsdai discovered his passions and ambitions for mountaineering. In 2012 while he was on his holidays from his daily service of the British Army, he made a plan to have a trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC). 

First mountain ascent of Nirmal Purja to Mount Dhaulagiri
Nimsdai First Ascent to Dhaulagiri with his Gurkha mates
Image Source: @Nimsdai

In 2014, he and his team of Gurkha successfully summited his first ascent to Dhaulagiri. In 2016, he and his team of Gurkha summited Mount Everest. In 2017, he guided the Gurkha Expedition on the top of the world, Mount Everest. 

'I was raised in the Gurkhas and made in the British Special Forces. But I became a badass in the mountains', Purja says, in his recently published book. After retiring from British Army in 2018, a fearless Gurkha soldier with the courage to conquer the high mountains returns to Nepal. 

A Nepalese record-breaking mountaineer was on his way to summit the first six mountains above 8000m. namely; Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Kanchenjunga, Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. After successfully climbing these six mountains, he climbed Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum I (G1), Gasherbrum II (G2), K2, and Broad Peak of Pakistan. He didn't stop himself there and later on, he stands on the top of Cho Oyu, Manaslu, and Shishapangma.

Nirmal Purja after breaking the record , the name of this project was Project Possible
Nirmal Purja after breaking the record of climbing 14 mountains in 6 months and 6 days 
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After putting his feet on the top of the 14 tallest mountains above 8000m he found his true calling and hence within 6 months and 6 days, he broke the record of climbing those mountains formerly set by Polish Climber Jerzy Kukuczka in 8 years duration.

Mission Impossible!

The beautiful tall snow-covered mountains may look amazing in a scene but they are deadly in the reality. Minus '46 degree Celcius' is the lowest recorded temperature of Mount Everest and - 43 degree Celcius is that of Mount K2.

Nirmal Purja and his team of nine Nepalese Mountaineers climbing the Mount K2 during winter season
Nimsdai and his team ascending towards Mount K2 during winter 
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An expose of the body in the atmosphere can freeze the blood and may faint mountaineers in a matter of seconds. Cold weather, harsh environment, weather changes, insufficient training, and unknown path can simply grant a death in the high mountains. 

A hero in the death zone, Nimsdai and his team were on the way to the summit 'Mount K2' during winter in January 2021. Before this, many mountaineers tried to climb Mount K2 during winter, many of them get lost in the arms of the mountains and many of them return with unhappy faces.

Watch: Nepalese Team at the Summit of K2

Purja and his team successfully summited Mount K2 during the winter season on January 16, 2021. This is the first time in the history of the world that somebody has climbed Mount K2 during winter; a new Guinness world record for 'Nimsdai'. Not only this, he and his team sang the 'National Anthem of Nepal' at the top of Mount K2 with pride and happy faces. 

Nirmal's Records & Achievements

Nirmal Purja showing the flag of UK and Nepal at Mount K2
Nirmal Purja 'Nimsdai' at the top of the Mount K2 
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  • Awarded with Member of Order of the British Empire (MBE), a civilian honor for outstanding achievements in extreme mountaineering by Queen Elizabeth in 2018.
  • First Nepalese Gurkha to serve Special Boat Service(SBS) for British Army.
  • Fastest Mountaineer to climb all 14 mountains above 8000m. (6 months and 6 days)
  • Fastest Mountaineer to climb all five mountains above 8000m. of Pakisthan; K2, Nanga Parbat, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I (G1), and Gasherbrum II (G2).
  • Fastest Mountaineer to climb almost 8000m. peaks, total six in a season; Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Kanchenjunga, Mount Everest, Lhotse & Makalu ( Spring, 31 days)
  • Fastest Mountaineer to climb all 8000m. peaks of Nepal; Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Kanchenjanga, Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Manaslu & Cho Oyu.
  • Fastest Mountaineer from the summit of Mount Everest to reach the summit of Lhotse and then the summit of Makalu ( 48 hours and 30 minutes)
  • Fastest Mountaineer from the summit of Mount Everest to reach the summit of Lhotse. (10 hours and 15 minutes)
  • Fastest Mountaineer to climb the top five highest mountains of the world; Mount Everest, K2, Kachenjanga, Lhotse, and Makalu (70 days)
  • Nirmal Purja MBE and his team of nine other Nepalese mountaineers are the first to summit Mount K2 during the winter.

Publications - Autobiography

Nirmal Purja MBE has also published his autobiography book 'Beyond Possible: One Soldier, Fourteen Peaks - My Life in the Death Zone' The book is dedicated to his late mother and unsung climbers of high mountains. 

Nirmal Purja published a book of his life story
Autobiography of Nirmal Purja 
Image Source: Nimsdai

This book describes the entire story of his life which is very inspirational and encouraging. The entire book is a candy of motivational quotes and sayings. 

Relationship Status - Wife, Children

Nirmal Purja is married to Suchi Purja in 2006. He owns the house and property in Poole, Dorset, UK but currently,he lives in Kathmandu, Nepal. Talking briefly about their family life, they don't have any children till now. 

Nirmal Purja and his wife, Suchi Purja in an even at London
Nirmal Purja and his wife, Suchi Purja
Image Source: Instagram

Make sure to be updated with us as we'll shortly provide you with the updates as soon as we get hands on them. 

Self Made Net Worth

Nimsdai is an ex-British soldier and a professional mountaineer at the moment. He gets his pension from the Gurkha for his outstanding  service from 2003 to  2018. Not only this, his enterprises earn huge income from mountaineering.

Nirmal Purja MBE posing for a picture infront of a helicopter
Nirmal Purja ascending to a mountain 
Image Source : Nimsdai

He also owns property at Poole, Dorset, UK. Besides this, his youtube channel also generates money. It is assumed that Purja also earns from sponsorships, promotions, and brand advertisements. 

The exact net worth of Nirmal has not been estimated till now. However, it's assumed that his total net worth is in the range of $1000K - $3000K from all the available sources. 

Body Measurements

Former British Soldier and a fearless mountaineer, Purja is a brave man. A courageous soul with an 'always a little higher' mindset is an inspiration for future generations. 

Nimsdai with the tattoos of tallest 14 mountains above 8000m. which he have climbed within 6 months and 6 days
Nimsdai with the tattoos of tallest 14 mountains above 8000m which he has climbed within 6 months and 6 days. 
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Nirmal is already 37 years old. His height is 6 feet 1 inch and his weight is about 70 Kg. His hair color is black and his eye color is also black. The interesting fact about his body is that he has got tattoos on his back of all the tallest 14 mountains, he has climbed in 6 months and 6 days. 

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