Born in Nepal, Nims had a distinguished 16-year military career, spending six years in the elite Ghurka regiment, and 10 years with the UK Special Forces (SBS). He’s now become a truly historic figure in the world of mountaineering, with an ever-growing list of climbing records under his belt.
Conquering the ‘Savage Mountain’
Most recently, in January 2021, Nimsdai and his Elite Exped co-founder, Mingma David Sherpa, took on one of the last, great challenges of Himalayan mountaineering: tackling K2, nicknamed the Savage Mountain, during the most dangerous season for climbing.
Despite multiple attempts since the 1980s, no-one had ever set foot on the world’s second-highest summit in winter. But on 19th January, Nims, Mingma David and their team walked the last few metres to the summit, singing the Nepalese national anthem as they climbed into the history books. Summiting K2 in winter was an incredible feat in its own right, but it also marked the first time an all-Nepalese team had achieved such a feat.
Once again, Nims’ natural aptitude for expedition leadership and high-altitude mountaineering had been proven. Once again, he had clearly demonstrated that with the right mindset, planning and team all things are possible. And as with his incredible, record-breaking run in 2019 - where he climbed all 14 of the world’s highest peaks in the space of just six months - Nims had not only ensured that everyone in his summit team made it to the top, he’d brought them down again safely.