Kathmandu, May 21: Hari Budha Magar, 43, has successfully climbed the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest and set the world record of being the first ‘double amputee above the knees’.
He climbed the mountain with the help of prosthetic legs. He has climbed Mera Peak (6,476m), Mont Blanc (4,810m), Chulu Far East (6,059m) and Kilimanjaro (5,895m) also.
Krish Thapa of HST Adventures is the expedition leader for Hari’s climb. Thapa has served as a mountain troop leader of the British Special Air Service (SAS) for 24 years.
Born in Mirul Village of Thabang Rural Municipality in Rolpa district, Budha Magar served in the British Army’s Gurkha Regiment for 15 years. He lost both his legs above the knee in 2010 during the war in Afghanistan while he was in the British Army.
Through his climb, Hari aims to change perceptions on disability and inspire people to climb their own ‘mountains’ no matter the difficulty that stands in their way.