Kathmandu, May 20
Hari Budha Magar has created history as he becomes the first above-the-knee double amputee to climb Everest.
He reached the summit of the mountain on Friday afternoon with high-altitude mountain guide Krishna Thapa, said sources from the base camp. He is descending from the mountain, they said.
Hari Budha climbed Everest to inspire differently-abled people from all across the globe and prove a point that if given the right opportunity, even they could break the stigma and do wonders.
“That was tough. Harder than I could have ever imagined. We just had to carry on and push for the top, no matter how much it hurt or how long it took. If I can climb to the top of the world then anyone, regardless of their disability, can achieve their dream,” said Hari Budha in a statement issued by his team.
The journey to the summit has not been an easy one for Hari Budha as he had to fight a long legal battle after Nepal’s government, in 2017, banned amputees from climbing Everest. The Supreme Court, however, reversed the government’s decision to the delight of many amputee adventurers.