Nine climbing tips from the world's fastest adventurer Kristin Harila

Kristin Harila is not just any adventurer. She holds the joint world record for climbing all the world's peaks higher than 8,000 metres, a total of 14 mountains, in the shortest time. She secured the record in the summer of 2023 alongside her sherpa Tenjen Lama Sherpa. In addition, she is the fastest woman to reach the peak of the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest, and the world's fourth highest mountain, Lhotse.


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Kristin Wishes to inspire

Kristin Harila on her way up Nanga Parbat, summer of 2023.

A Himalayan climbing paradise

Any mountaineer who dreams of the world's mightiest mountain dreams of the Himalayas. The mountain range was named by Indians on a pilgrimage. The name means "adobe of snow" or "home of snow" and is very important for religious believers as well as mountaineers. In fact, climbing is prohibited on one mountain in the Himalayas, Mount Kailash in Tibet, as it is sacred by both Buddhists and Hindus.

Spanning India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Bhutan, and Nepal. the Himalayas are the world's highest mountain range. The Himalayas are linked to numerous other mountains, which are also visited by many pilgrims and mountaineers every year. Embarking on an expedition up the world's highest mountain is no small matter, but anything is possible with proper training and good preparation.

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A long way to the top

Gasherbrum II, is the 13th highest mountain in the world at 8,035 metres above sea level.

Do you dream of climbing majestic mountains? Here are Kristin's top tips!

  • Believe in yourself: Believe in your abilities and your strength. Set clear goals and work hard to achieve them. You are capable of more than you think.

  • Be well prepared: Mountains are a demanding and challenging arena. Make sure you have the right training, experience, and knowledge before you set out. Learn about climbing techniques, safety, navigation, and weather conditions.

  • Build experience gradually: Start with less challenging trips and gradually build up to more demanding adventures. Build your experience and confidence in the mountains over time.

  • Respect nature: Show respect for nature and the environment around you. Follow the principles of traceless travel and be conscious of minimising your impact on nature.

  • Be flexible and adaptable: Be prepared for unforeseen events and be able to adapt to changing conditions. Be open to new experiences and be willing to adjust your plans.

  • Build a support network: Have people around you who support and inspire you. Join the mountain climbing community, meet like-minded adventurers, and learn from each other.

  • Take care of yourself: Pay attention to your physical and mental health. Make sure to exercise and prepare your body, but also remember to rest and take care of yourself along the way.

  • Be humble and teachable: Mountains can be relentless, and there is always something new to learn. Be humble about nature and the challenges it presents and be willing to learn from both your successes and failures.

  • Have fun: Ultimately, the mountains are there to be enjoyed. Have fun along the way, enjoy the moment, and create memories that last a lifetime!

Read more about Kristin and her world record here.

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Coffee break at an 8,000 meter stop

Kristin and the team take a well-deserved break on the mountain Manaslu.