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 Magar
Hari Budha Magar lost both his legs in Afghanistan in 2010 after stepping on an improvised explosive device
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.