Hari Buddha Magar Climbs Everest Summit with Artificial Legs
Hari Budha Magar, a former Gurkha soldier from Nepal who lost both his legs, made history by successfully climbing Mount Everest using prosthetic legs. Upon his return to Kathmandu, he was warmly welcomed by his relatives and family members. Speaking to the crowd gathered at the airport, the ex-Nepalese soldier expressed his gratitude and acknowledged that this accomplishment was the result of a collective effort.
He mentioned the team of people who risked their lives to help him fulfill his dream of ascending Everest. Hari Budha Magar also thanked the Government of Nepal and individuals from around the world for their support, constant presence, and blessings, emphasizing that without them, this feat would not have been possible.
About Hari Buddha Magar
- Hari Budha Magar, who was born in 1979, grew up in the mountainous district of Rolpa in Nepal, which was the center of the Maoist insurgency.
- At the age of 19, in 1999, Magar began his career in the British Gurkhas and dedicated a significant portion of his life to the service of the British government.
Hari Buddha Magar’s Loss of Legs and Journey Beyond
- In 2010, while on a mission in Afghanistan, the British Army veteran tragically lost both his legs when he accidentally stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted by the Taliban.
- About a year after the incident, Magar started participating in various sports activities included in the Paralympics.
- During an interview with the news agency ANI in 2022, Magar expressed his aspirations for the future, stating that he aimed to climb mountains and undertake more adventurous activities to raise awareness about disabilities in Nepal and across the globe.
- In the past decade following the tragedy, Magar successfully reached the summits of several notable peaks, including Ben Nevis (1,345 meters) in a time of 23 hours and 20 minutes, Mount Blanc (4,808.72 meters), Kilimanjaro (5,895 meters), Mera Peak (6,476 meters), and Mount Toubkal (4,167 meters).
In 2022, he also engaged in a skydiving experience from a helicopter in the Khumbu region and embarked on a trek up to the Everest Base Camp, all while using his prosthetic legs.
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