Man Shatters World Record by Climbing 14 Highest Mountains in 189 Days

Nothing could stop Nirmal "Nims" Purja from reaching the world's 14 highest peaks: not a dizzying lack of oxygen, not blinding blizzards and not terrifying drops. 

Purja, 36, an ex-British soldier who was born in Nepal, sold his house and sacrificed his job, his pension and time with his family to make his dream a reality, Reuters reported. His expedition was known as Bremont Project Possible, and he documented his accomplishments along the way on social media. 

There are 14 mountains on Earth higher than 8,000 meters (26,247 feet), and all are located in the Himalayas. Purja made it to the top of all of them.

Purja began his mission by climbing Mount Annapurna in Nepal on April 23. He then climbed Mount Dhaulagiri on May 12, Mount Kanchenjunga on May 15, Mount Everest and Mount Lhotse on May 22 and Mount Makalu on May 24.