Climbing Mt. Everest is a bucket list item for many people who love climbing or thrill seeking. The trip is intense, incredibly expensive (costing around $50,000), and not for the faint of heart.
While people in great health with great fitness struggle to make it to the summit, one person has defied the odds and conquered Everest without legs!
Hari Budha Magar “stood victorious atop the world’s tallest mountain as the first ever double above-knee amputee to scale Mt Everest.”
He shared on Instagram that he lost his legs while working in Afghanistan 13 years ago. Since then, he’s spent a lot of time and money to prove that he his disability can’t stop him from reaching the 8,849 metre peak.
He credited a “world class team of Nepalese climbers, led by expedition leader @kristhapaa.”
According to the post, “At the top, Hari shouted ‘We did it!,’ a reference to, and in recognition of, the team effort that enabled this success.”
Hari said in the post, “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. No matter how big your dreams, no matter how challenging your disability, with the right mindset anything is possible.”
He shared in a follow-up post that it took 25 hours to climb from camp 4 to the summit and then back to camp 4.
Hari is now safely off the mountain.