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Norwegian mountaineer on her way to breaking the Super Peaks record

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Norwegian climber Kristin Harila has just three mountains left to scale the world’s 14 “super peaks” in record time after successfully climbing Pakistan’s Gasherbrum I, officials said Thursday.

Nepali Nirmal Purja holds the record for climbing the world’s 8,000-meter mountains – six months and six days – but Harila now has until early November to complete her quest and beat his time.

Harila’s latest successful summit was reported on her official social media pages and confirmed by Karrar Hadri, the secretary of the Pakistan Alpine Club.

“The second phase in Pakistan was very challenging and dangerous: constantly changing weather conditions, hit by a rock, illness and a very tight schedule,” read a message on Harila’s Instagram page.

“But here we are with only three peaks left.”

Five of the 14 super peaks are in Pakistan – including K2, the second highest mountain in the world – and the country has enjoyed a record-breaking climbing season this year.

Sajid Hussain, head of the tourism department in Gilgit Baltistan, told AFP they had issued about 1,780 permits for the highest peaks.

“It has boosted our tourism and increased our foreign exchange,” he said.

Only about 40 people in history have scaled all 14 super peaks, but none came close to Purja’s 2019 expedition.

He smashed the previous record for the feat with supplemental oxygen set by Poland’s Jerzy Kukuczka in the 1980s at seven years, 11 months and 14 days.

In an interview with AFP earlier this year, Harila, 36, said she was inspired to show that women are just as capable as men of great mountaineering feats.

“In history and up to now, it was the strong machos who went to the mountains,” she said.

“When I talk to people who aren’t in this sport, they think men are more capable than women… If we’re going to change, we need to draw attention and show that women are just as capable.”

The three remaining mountains for Harila are Cho Oyu (sixth highest, in Nepal/China), Manaslu (eighth, Nepal) and Shishapangma (14th, China).

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