Antoine Girard became the first person to paraglide up and over an 8,000m summit when he soared over the top of Broad Peak in 2016.
He reached an altitude of 8,157m. A professional adventurer since 2014, Antoine is a former rock climber and high-altitude mountaineer. His Himalayan experience includes attempts on K2, Broad Peak and Cho Oyu. In 2007 he started paragliding with the sole aim of descending Broad Peak by paraglider – he flew from 7,300m on the mountain. He has completed in the Red Bull X-Alps, a 1,200km paragliding adventure race across the Alps, three times, coming third and fourth in 2013 and 2014. In 2016 he became the first pilot to fly the length of the New Zealand Southern Alps twice in one expedition. In July 2016 he spent a month in Pakistan, flying a remote, challenging and ground-breaking 1,250km solo vol-bivouac route through the Karakoram. It was during that expedition that he “took the opportunity” to over-fly Broad Peak.