At around 3pm on May 19th, Hari Budha Magar stood victorious atop the world’s tallest mountain as the first ever double above-knee amputee to scale Mount Everest.
Thirteen years after losing his legs in Afghanistan, Hari has proved disability is no barrier to reaching the 8,849 metre peak.
Hari’s climb was made possible by a world class team of Nepalese climbers, led by Expedition Leader.
At the top, Hari shouted “We did it!”, a reference to, and in recognition of, the team effort that enabled this success. Over a satellite phone call, made possible by NSSL Global to his team off the mountain, he added:
“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.
“When things got really tough it was the thought of my amazing family and everyone who’s helped me get onto the mountain that pushed me to the top. Without the support of so many this expedition simply wouldn’t have been possible.”
Hari is now safely down at basecamp and is urging supporters from around the world to dig deep as he raises money for five veteran charities including Team Forces, the Gurkha Welfare Trust, Pilgrim Bandits, Blesma, and On Course Foundation, with the aim of raising over £884,900, the height of Everest plus two zeros.
To support Hari’s Everest appeal, visit https://crowdfunder.co.uk/p/harieverestappeal.