The story starts at Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain. It’s a story about life, illness, and personal growth. The year is 2009 and Nives is trying to become the first woman in the world to summit all 14 eight-thousanders. Kangchenjunga would be her twelfth and, as always, she’s attempting it with her husband Roman. But he stops before reaching the top, feeling sick. Without the slightest hesitation, Nives discards her goal in order to stand by his side. Their greatest challenge awaits: Roman is seriously ill. The first therapies are unsuccessful, the bone marrow transplantation fails to improve his condition, and long months spent in hospital rooms seem to lead nowhere until the second transplantation finally delivers positive results. Roman lives! Love for the mountains is stronger than the pain. In 2014 they climb Kangchenjunga, followed by Makalu two years later, and on 11th May 2017, they stand atop Annapurna. Their last summit, together. Nives and Roman have become the first couple to climb all 14 eight-thousanders, strictly without supplemental oxygen or high-altitude porters.
Nives Meroi and Roman Benet: On the top. Together