• Beyond Possible

  • The man and the mindset that summitted K2 in winter
  • By: Nimsdai Purja
  • Narrated by: Elliot Fitzpatrick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An SBS Gurkha soldier's account of how his tough Nepali upbringing and the lessons learned in his army life enabled his record-breaking conquest of all 14 of the world's 8,000m peaks in under seven months. What happens when ambition meets limitless imagination? 

Enter Project Possible: a seemingly unreachable goal to climb all 14 'death zone' mountains in record time. The previous record was seven years, 10 months and six days. 

I did it in six months. 

This is the inside story of my incredible adventure. As a kid in Nepal, barefoot in the mountains, I developed the resilience I needed to later join the Gurkhas, one of the most fearless forces in the British Army. Then in the Special Boat Service I served in some of the world's most dangerous warzones. 

But my next challenge was even more of a test. 

In Beyond Possible I reveal how I conquered the world's most dangerous peaks, breaking several world records in the process. With my elite training, I was able to adapt quickly to the lethal conditions, rarely phased by the lung-burning temperatures or brutal winds. Fear became irrelevant because I had belief. 

In the death zone, I came alive. But even after facing countless challenges, right at the peak of my achievements, my world fell apart when my mother was hospitalised.  

But I survived and ultimately conquered the most deadly and hostile mountains on the planet. Beyond Possible is my story. 

©2020 Nimsdai Purja (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Inspiration

Loved it, excellent examples with great lessons on the mind and body. Brutal truth on mindset that can hinder or accelerate your ambitions whilst ensuring you take those around you with you!
Incredible feat.

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Inspiring for 2022

Far more details than Netflix documentary covering more on the process and challenges.

An incredible story of the power of positive mindset, team work, adaptability, being guided by values and hard f*cking work. Hats off to pushing boundaries of human potential - not just physically, mentally but of the human spirit. Pride to the under-appreciated, unrecognised people and cultures like sherpas that don’t self promote much but enable the feats of others

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Mission Possible

Wonderful read. Inspirational & highly recommend. An amazing individual experience & team. Giving up….it’s not in the blood Sir!

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Realy catchy book

I really like the bike because of the performance how it was written as it was really catchy to listen names that is a total hero really recommended book

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Great book and story

Great story about the endless human possibilities. I was following the Project Possible and Instagram. Level of the achievement is unbelievable, author is a super empathetic person, who just can’t leave someone in trouble

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One of the greatest adventure and survival biographies I have ever read.

I am a huge fan of biographies, particularly adventure and survival biographies because they put any of my own perceived struggles firmly in place.

I first became aware of Nims in summer 2019 when his photo of the huge line at the Hillary step on Everest went viral (second photo).

He was in the middle of a mission to climb the highest 14 peaks in the world in 7 months. The record at that time was 7 years.

The book is his *remarkable* story.

The suffering described is tremendous. What I found particularly gripping were the rescue stories when he and his team came across people who had been left for dead on the mountains along the way.

It's absolutely incredible.

To top it off, three weeks ago, he and his team climbed K2 in winter, which had never been done before. For his party trick, he revealed he did it without oxygen (third photo).

I don't want to spoil things, so I'll shut up. Buy the book — you won't regret it.

Nims, much respect. I hope your inspirational story goes far and wide and the Nepalese climbing community gets the recognition they deserve. 🙏🏻🤙🏻

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Amazing achievement but an average writing

The actual story is fantastic, phenomenal, crazy, humongous, great beyond description. The distance between the book (reasonably well written) and the immense weight of the achievement is like comparing a reasonable peak in Alps with K2... There are big opportunities lying ahead and I truly hope that a next writing attempt (maybe using a professional writing assistance) will be able to take advantage. Maybe while adding the first recently achieved K2 by winter climb?
The character himself, Nims, is bigger than life and he deserves a much, much better story telling.

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What a book, brilliant

What an inspirational book, i have set a gol to myself to climb K2. And i will conquer K2. Recommends to everyone who is down and out, for all the mountain 🏔 lovers

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  • Benjamin Mason
  • 02-03-21

Amazing feat, but...

There’s no doubt that Nimsdai’s feat is extraordinary but the book is told in a very self indulgent and pretentious way. This is a story of extreme physical endurance but told in an “look, I’m a legend” kind of way. I'm not sure if these are Nim's own words.. the narrator was a poor choice.

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  • Dustyfox
  • 09-03-21

Wow, just wow.

Royal Marines are an elite group…SBS/SAS are a amazingly focused group of war gods…and this guy goes on to out do that.

A brilliant listen about one of this worlds hero’s.

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  • Miss Maria Fadeeva
  • 02-26-21

Adventure listen

Love adventure books that also draw parallels with other aspects of life. apart from emmersing myself mountain climbing story it helped to visualise how achieving anything in life is not dissimilar to climbing harsh mountains: plan, prepare, no step is a small step, dream big and keep going and reassess if nessesary but keep going and don't lie to yourself. Loved it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-30-20

what an amazing story

truly aweful book. One for the bin. What an epic story, destroyed by childish words throughout, and bland descriptions. Waste of time!

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  • emma mcbride
  • 07-26-21

inspiring

I love books about extreme challenges so was excited to listen to this one. At first I wasn't sure if the writing style was to my taste- it seemed a little overly self-focused (but why not?!) I decided to put this down ro cultural differences and not to let it get in tge way of listening to what had been achieved. As I continued with the book the true nature of the author and his aims stone through. This is an amazing achievement, achieved with kindness, honesty, integrity and honour. What an inspiring listen. I truly learned a lot.

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  • Moshe Cohen
  • 07-02-21

A great record breaking story

I loved hearing Nimsdai's story. I wish the narration was done by the author or someone Nepali as the narrator sounded like an English public school boy and far removed from the author. the book oozes bravado and macho character as expected by an SAS and SBS soldier ( operative as he insist on calling himself).
I wish there was more descriptions of people, places, topography, moments in the adventure etc.

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  • Jamie
  • 01-22-21

Incredible!!

A truly inspirational story! I am lost for words to discribe such a story, such a man. Thank you Nims, anything really is possible

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-12-21

-good overall

Narration was a bit dull considering the exciting nature of the . Enjoyed the story though, inspiring!

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  • Ollie Mahon
  • 06-22-22

one of the best

definitely a good one for overcoming performance goals and understanding your weakness. his detailed accounts or each climb is magnificent.
his abilities are more than superior the ordinary people.

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  • Rachel Wood
  • 06-11-22

Done after a few chapters

If you like mountaineering and are interested, then yes. Otherwise there’s not much else it relates to

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-17-21

Excellent Read, inspiring and very moving.

It was really heart touching. Loved each & every bit of it. It was so captivating that I am now planning to go the mountains as soon as this COVID chaos ia over.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-08-22

Inspiring

Inspiring story. Very well written. Hard not to love and respect Nimdai.

Will be listening to this again multiple times.

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  • jaco duplessis
  • 01-23-22

life is suffering

This book is about how one man excels at suffering and wins. Do yourself a favor a learns a thing or 2 from project possible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-18-22

Such a good read!

Unreal, so so so much better than the Netflix documentary, way more detail and understanding.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-22

Impressive endurance

I questioned the writer's life decisions all throughout, and the risks taken by not only him but other mountain climbers. I also disliked his character for the compulsive nature of his pursuits and disregard for family illnesses and relationships for his own pursuits, especially when a lifetime pension from being in the military was only a few years away and promotions to give him money to pursue his dreams could have brought him closer to his goal more effectively than the year he took off trying to learn social marketing. I can't believe sometimes just how he can get away with such little sleep and high alcohol consumption on his mountain endeavours and also the possibilities if he looked after himself better in this way. I thought there was way too much offensive language and in unnecessary places within the book that the f-word could have easily been omitted and it would have opened the book up to a younger audience to hear his story. Notwithstanding my thoughts on the way the book was written, the narration was fine, and the book as a whole reflects about what could be expected based on the writing experience of the author.

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  • dan
  • 01-05-22

What a hero of a human being!

Having watched 14 Peaks, I had to get this book to learn a bit more of the back story of Nimsdai and his expeditions.
Some parts are humbling , some parts are heart wrenching. All of this book is awe inspiring!
What a hero of a human Nim’s is!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-23-21

This is a story everybody needs to know

Is this the greatest accomplishment of our generation? Yes. I am in absolutely awe of Nims and his team of Sherpas. Their strength and tenacity to summit 14 of the highest peaks in less than 7 months is mind blowing - like wtf!? Anybody who understands high altitude mountaineering would quite rightly say it’s impossible. But Nims and his team truly turned the impossible to possible, and this is the moral of the story - nothing is impossible with the right mindset! Nims’ story is not just a testament to strength and endurance, it’s an absolute spiritual/inner journey of growth and realisation of one’s true abilities. I was also equally awed and touched by the rescue efforts and leaving no person behind, Nims’ dedication to his family and friends, and his unwavering sense of commitment to himself and the environment. A MUST read/listen. This is a story everybody needs to know.

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  • Therese
  • 12-19-21

Great book but the wrong voice

Nimsdai Purja has this incredible positivity and ability to inspire that truly comes across in the movie 14 peaks. I did enjoy this book, getting deeper into his story and the amazing accomplishment of climbing the 14 8000 peaks. But I didn't find his energy coming across that well in this medium. I don't know if it's due to the form of books or that the very British reader just felt wrong. Still recommend this book highly.

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  • Elisabeth@FreshieBeach
  • 09-21-21

What an amazing challenge!

I enjoyed listening to Nimsdai Purja's account of his quest to conquer all 14 of the world's 14 8000m plus mountains. An incredible feat. I liked that he highlighted what fantastic climbers the Sherpas are, and how little they get paid for the risks they take each year. It was also good that the story wasn't "sugar-coated". The mistakes and mental difficulties were included as well as the remarkable resilience and strength of each member of the team. I would have liked to hear Nimsdai narrate it himself though. The narrator was very good, but it took me a little while to get used to a very British accent, rather than that of a Nepalese person with very good English.

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  • MEW
  • 05-30-21

Great Read - Greater Accomplishment

Thank you "Nims" for going to the effort of sharing your wonderful climbs. I learned a great deal of your amazing endurance. Most of us never get close to even a healthy lifestyle - you're on a different planet.