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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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  • MEW
  • 30-05-2021

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.

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Excellent and inspiring

Loved this audiobook. Without a doubt the best mountaineering book I have read and very inspiring.

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Incredible man, incredible story

I have listened to quite a few autobiographies of different adventurers, athletes and motivational speakers, but what makes Nim’s story different from the rest is not just the incredible feat of which he achieved in a mind blowing time, but how humble and human he is. He finds positives in the the most difficult, stressful situations and not only lifts others up around him but continually saves lives. The story from start to finish is really quite amazing and never at any point did I lose interest. If anything, I was disappointed when it finished. I now follow him on social media and watch with intrigue as to what he will do next. A must read 👍

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  • Sam
  • 13-12-2020

Nims positivity is an infectious mindset

The Beyond Possible mindset that Nims takes you through is an infectious mindset.
This book is a mindblowing read. It opens with
"Your extremes are my normality" and it is breathtaking at what his achievements are but also how his application of a positive mental attitude helps to overcome obstacles and in doing so achieves his goals.
This book is so good I had to buy the paperback as It is one to return to again and again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-03-2021

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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  • Aleksandr
  • 11-03-2021

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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  • Andrew
  • 19-02-2021

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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  • Razvan P.
  • 27-01-2021

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-12-2020

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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  • Miss Maria Fadeeva
  • 26-02-2021

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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  • Benjamin Mason
  • 03-02-2021

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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  • Jamie
  • 22-01-2021

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
  • 12-01-2021

-good overall

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-12-2020

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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  • Sophie
  • 27-07-2021

almost unbelievable

I loved this book. wanna book a climb with this guy now and I've never climbed a mountain in my life (although I'm working on it). more ppl should know who he is

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  • emma mcbride
  • 26-07-2021

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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  • Abhisek Gurung
  • 24-07-2021

Unlimited plays

Second time listening to this amazing book by Nirmal dai, absolutely amazing story. Motivates me to work harder, never gets boring and will be on my 3rd play through very soon!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-2021

such an enjoyable read

Mixed emotions throughout including pride, sadness and anger just as nimsdai felt at the time.

The tragedy of climber who passed away in preventable circumstances really stuck with me aswell as the final point in the epilogue. Both recollections prove powerful and make this book one of my favourites.

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  • Moshe Cohen
  • 02-07-2021

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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