Record holder mountaineer Kristin Harila arrives in Nepal

Kathmandu: Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) extended a grandiose welcome and offered heartfelt felicitations to the record holder climbers Tenjen Sherpa, Kristin Harila and Nima Rinji Sherpa among others.

At official ceremony held at the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) hall in Bhrikutimandap, NMA honored Tenjen, Kristin and Nima with Silver Badge and letter of appreciation.

NMA also honored Muktu Sherpa, Ang Dawa Sherpa, Ngima Dorchi Sherpa and Pechhumbe Sherpa with a Letter of Appreciation. Tenjen, a resident of Makalu Rural Municipality of Sankhuwasabha and Kristin from Norway jointly hold the record of fastest completion of all the 14 eight-thousanders.

Harila and Tenjin scaled Mount K2 in Pakistan last week, thus completing the ascent of the 14th peaks – that is more than 8000 meters (about 26,000 feet) – high in 92 days, shattering the previous record held by Nirmal Purja aka ‘’Nims Dai’’.

At the age of 17, Nima, who shares the same address as Tenjen, has etched his name as the youngest summiteer of Mt. K2, the world’s second-highest peak.

Meanwhile, Muktu, Ang Dawa, Ngima, and Pechhumbe have scripted 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. All the climbers returned back to Nepal this morning from Pakistan via Dubai.

They were received at Tribhuvan International Airport by honorable State Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Sushila Sirpali Thakuri, Director General of Department of Tourism Hom Prasad Luitel, President of NMA Nima Nuru Sherpa and other officials.

They were given a hero’s welcome at the Kathmandu airport where hundreds including mountaineers, high level government officials and well-wishers gathered to welcome them back with cheers and flower garlands.