2022 SES EXPLORER OF THE YEAR – Nimsdai Purja MBE
Nimsdai ‘Nims’ Purja is the multi-world record-breaking mountaineer who climbed all 14 of the world’s ‘Death Zone’ peaks over 8,000 miles in just six months and six days.
Nims led the first winter ascent of the ‘Savage Mountain’ K2. Nims is a UNEP Mountain Advocate, a Global Goodwill Ambassador for Nepal Tourism, and the founder of the charitable Nimsdai Foundation. The first mission of the Nimsdai Foundation is the Big Mountain Cleanup – which aims to remove waste from big mountains. Nims has a zero-tolerance approach to the waste being generated by the increasingly popular expedition culture which is now having a detrimental impact on those living in and around the mountains. The aim is to protect and restore these sacred mountains for the future. So far, the team has helped clean Manaslu, and this year took on their biggest challenge yet – cleaning up the 'Death Zone' on Everest.
In addition to this much-needed clean-up, Nims believes that we must also drive a change in behaviour, to ensure this is not a perpetual problem, but one that can be respectfully managed. He will be working with commercial partners to drive awareness and support, and help fund his mission to build a programme providing full-time, seasonal clean-up teams on all widely climbed mountains around the globe, that will be paired with associated regional recycling initiatives. The benefits will be vast and multi-level, providing obvious socio-economic advantages for mountain communities and wider global climate challenges.
Photo of Nimsdai Purja by Pemba Tenzing Sherpa. Copyright Nimsdai Purja.