Hari Budha Magar becomes first double amputee above knees to scale Everest
KATHMANDU, May 21:Hari Budha Magar, a former British Gurkha soldier, made history by becoming the world's first double above-the-knee amputee to climb Mount Everest.
He is also the first double above-the-knee amputee to climb Mount Everest. Budhamagar reported reaching the summit of Everest around 3:10 p.m on Friday.
He has now safely returned to base camp. Budhamagar has finally realized his five-year-long dream of conquering Mt. Everest. 'I am overjoyed,' he remarked. Climbing Mount Everest was a demanding task. When I reached the pinnacle, I was also emotional.
Budhamagar expressed gratitude to Sherpa brothers for his successful climb of Mount Everest. He stated that the record was made when he reached the summit of Mount Everest, and he hopes that this would transform the way people of varied abilities are perceived.
He said that this climb will give happiness to all Nepalis, especially the disabled.'This climb may be used to build confidence that persons with physical limitations are not weaker than everyone else,' he continued.
Budhamagar had already established a record by reaching Everest base camp using artificial legs. After losing both legs above the knee in the Afghan war, he used artificial legs to reach the base camp of Mount Everest and even skydived.
Budhamagar recently completed the ascent of Mount Toubkal (4,167 meters), Morocco's highest peak in North Africa. Budhamagar, who has also done paragliding and skydriving from a helicopter, has also completed the world's second highest bunjyjump and the world's highest swing at Kusma.
He has also climbed Mont Blanc (4,810 meters), Chulu Far East (6,059 meters), Kilimanjaro (5,895 meters), and Mera Peak (6,476 meters). Budhamagar became the first double above-knee amputee to summit Mera Peak, which stands at 6,000 meters.