‘Death Zone’ mountaineer to headline Fort William Mountain Festival 2020

Nirmal Purja, seen here atop Everest, will be a star attraction at next year's festival. NO F47 Nims Everest summit
Nirmal Purja, seen here atop Everest, will be a star attraction at next year's festival. NO F47 Nims Everest summit

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‘Death Zone’ mountaineer, Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja, has been announced as the headliner for the Fort William Mountain Festival 2020.

The Nepalese mountaineer and former Gurkha soldier with the British Army is part of a packed programme involving a superb line-up of uplifting talks, exhilarating film screenings, mountain skills workshops and exhibitions over five days in February.

Purja, who  summited all 14 ‘death zone’ mountains (those over 8,000m) in a record obliterating six months, will headline the programme with a truly inspirational talk highlighting this Herculean task.

Now in its 16th year, the festival will run from from 19-23 February and includes presentations from world class outdoor adventurers, together with adrenaline-filled and thought-provoking films from both the Festival’s very own international film competition entries and the Banff Centre Mountain Festival World Tour;  a number of award nights, including The Scottish Awards for Excellence in Mountain Culture and The Photographer of the Year Award, celebrating a range of outstanding achievements; some thought provoking environmental discussions; and a collection of quality fringe events including winter mountain skills workshops, yoga classes and bike and running themed nights.

Rod Pashley, Chairman of The Highland Mountain Culture Association, organisers of the Fort William Mountain Festival, said: :Celebrating the wild landscape that surrounds us in Fort William and Lochaber is the inspiration behind the Mountain Festival.

‘The Fort William Mountain Festival has something for everyone with a love for the outdoors. We are especially pleased to announce that our main Saturday night speaker will be the remarkable Nims Purja, who has successfully climbed all 14, 8000m peaks in less than seven months. An astonishing record and achievement. Normally this takes 7 years.

‘Of course, the Festival is not just for high adrenaline adventure enthusiasts.  It is for everyone who appreciates the great outdoors.

Mountaineering Night with Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja MBE – Saturday 22 February – Main Theatre, Nevis Centre, Fort William.



Nirmal Purja, seen here atop Everest, will be a star attraction at next year’s festival.

NO F47 Nims Everest summit