Nirmal Purja MBE or popularly known as Nimsdai is a former Gurkha soldier. He was a famous soldier who served in the British Army for sixteen years and as a cold-weather warfare specialist before resigning from his duty to pursue his passion for mountaineering. The ex-Gurkha started his journey as a mountaineer in 2018 and soon became everyone’s favorite Nimsdai, Nims being his nickname and dai when translated to Nepali means elder brother.
In a short time, Purja became a successful mountaineer with more than ten records in mountaineering. He wrote history by climbing the fourteen eight-thousanders in six months and six days. It was just a start for him as he again did something successfully that no one ever did. He became the only person in the history of mountaineering who climbed Mt K2 during the winter season without any supplementary oxygen.
Biography & Wiki Quick Summary
|Real Name||Nirmal Purja MBE|
|Date of birth||July 25, 1983|
|Age||39 years old|
|Place of birth||Dana, Myagdi, Nepal|
|Occupation||Mountaineer, Entrepreneur, and Former-British Gurkha|
Nirmal Purja’s Net Worth
Purja worked as a Gurkha for sixteen years. During his time in the Army, he earned a fair deal of appreciation along with money.
Even when he left the service to start mountaineering, he broke several records and won prize money from it.
Purja also owns an enterprise named after his name, where he provides exclusive deals to mountaineers.
Besides these, he is also the brand ambassador of the Bremont Project Impossible and is the face of many brands like Redbull, Summit Oxygen, etc.
So, it is a no-brainer that Purja has a good earning and a decent net worth despite not sharing anything about his income.
Heigt and Physical Measurements
Along with a great personality, Purja also has a great physical appearance.
He has a great height and a muscular body built over the years in the British Gurkha.
Purja was born in Dana of Myagdi district in Nepal. He was the youngest son of his parents, who already had three elder sons.
While the father of Purja was a former British Gurkha, his mother was a regular farmerette. His parents were from different castes, so the entire family had to go through difficult social and financial times.
Purja grew up in a poor household where his father and three elder brothers had joined the British Army to take care of the family.
Being the youngest, he always looked at his father and brothers for life lessons. His brothers used to send money to his mother so that he could go to school.
From a young age, he stayed in a hostel. Purja got bullied by the older students a lot there.
So, to survive, Purja learned kickboxing, and by the time he completed school, he was already a skilled kickboxer. It was also his only way to save himself from the school bullies.
Growing up, he only thought of becoming a Gurkha and had no interest in mountaineering.
So, without giving any second thought, he joined the brigade of Gurkha at the early age of eighteen.
He then got selected in the Special Boat Service (SBS), making him the first-ever Nepali to pass the SBS selection.
It was during his time in SBS that he started developing an interest in mountaineering. Later, he felt like doing mountaineering, so he resigned from his job.
Because of his well-built body and courageous personality, he even conquered the highest peak of the world. During his artificial training in London, people told him that he had fitness like an elite endurance athlete.
Because of these, in a short time of two-three years, he rewrote the history of mountaineering.
Everyone will always remember him as a guy who did the impossible by ascending fourteen eight-thousanders in six months and then again climbed the dangerous Mt.K2 in the harsh conditions.
Nirmal Purja’s Wife and Relationship
Purja has been married to his wife, Suchi. Suchi works in the medical field and is also a daughter of the ex-Gurkha.
The couple married in 2006 and has been together ever since.
Purja completed his schooling in Nepal. After high school, he joined the British Gurkha army and moved to England.
While staying in England, he did a postgraduate diploma course in security and risk management from Loughborough University.
Purja started his career as a Gurkha at the young age of eighteen after entering the Brigade of Gurkha in 2003.
He served there for six years before moving to the Special Boat Service Unit (SBS) in 2009. He was the first Gurkha to get selected in the SBS and become part of the Royal Navy. During his time in the service, he also worked as a cold-weather warfare specialist.
He was already a renowned soldier in his troop, and even his seniors had recognized his bravery.
However, in 2018, Purja decided to quit his duty as a Corporal after serving for sixteen years in the British Gurkha.
He then decided to follow his passion for mountaineering that he had acquired during his trek to the Mt. Everest Basecamp during his service days.
His very first climb was on Lobuche East in 2013. He successfully ascended the mountain on his first try without any previous experience.
His first successful ascent gave him enough confidence so, he then ascended the Dhaulagiri, having a height of 8,167m. He completed the expedition in only fifteen days.
All of his successful ascents encouraged him to take even more risks. So, just after two years of climbing his first eight-thousander, Purja conquered the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest.
By this time, Purja had already gathered more than enough mountaineering experience, so he decided to lead another expedition to the summit of Mt. Everest on the completion of the 200 years of Gurkhas in the British Army.
He led the expedition as the Gurkha Expedium G200E with thirteen of his fellow Gurkhas.
For his bravery in high altitude mountaineering, Queen Elizabeth awarded him with the Order of the British Empire, MBE.
Purja was getting more encouragement for his mountaineering and was enjoying himself while climbing mountains.
However, it was not enough for him so, he set a new goal to climb all the fourteen summits in seven months and called it Project Possible 14/7.
The former Gurkha completed the project in three phases with his team of Sherpas, which had Mingma Gyabu “David” Sherpa, Tensi Kasang, Geljen Sherpa, and others.
The team climbed the summits of Nepal during their first phase. At the end of their first phase, they set a new record of climbing the three peaks, Mt.Everest, Makalu, and Lhotse, in just two days.
In their second phase, the team climbed the Gasherbrum I, Gasherbrum II, Nanga Parbat, and Broad Peak, all in July.
The team then started its third phase in September and ended it by October. In their last phase, they climbed the Manaslu, Cho Oyu, and even got permission from the Chinese government for Shishapangma.
After the third phase, Purja rewrote the history with his team by conquering fourteen summits in six months, which previously was eight months.
The team rested for a bit before deciding their next challenge. This time, Purja and his team planned to conquer Mt.K2 in winter, which was near to impossible.
However, Purjha was determined to write the history again, so he strengthened his old team with some new members like Sona Sherpa, Kilu Pemba Sherpa, Mingma Tenzi Sherpa, Pem Chiri Sherpa, Dawa Sherpa, etc.
The team also took help from the Seven Summits and finally made their dreams come true.
While the whole team became the first-ever mountaineers to conquer the dangerous summit in winter, Purja became the first to do that with no supplemental oxygen.
When the team wrote the history and the world came to know about it, everyone applauded for their victory.
After the expedition, Purja even wrote the book Beyond Possible. He also started his enterprise named after himself, where he provides one-on-one experience and many attractive deals to mountaineers.