Hari Budha Magar is on his way up Mount Everest.
Having toasted the Kings Coronation from Everest base camp, the British war veteran began his attempt to become the first ever double above-the-knee amputee to summit the world’s tallest mountain.
Hari, who lost his legs in Afghanistan, began his climb after two weeks at base camp waiting for a suitable weather window.
Climbing alongside his expedition leader Krish Thapa, the challenge is expected to take between five and seven days, but could be longer, climbing from 5,364m at Everest Base camp to the summit at 8,849m.
Hari’s first challenge was to navigate the Khumbu Icefall, located at the head of the Khumbu Glacier on route to camp one, which Living with Disability has been told he has safely negotiated and is now resting before continuing up the mountain to camp two at approximately 6400m.
Once at camp two, one of two things will happen; they will either press on for the summit or, like many other climbs, they will come back down and recover before heading back up to camp two where they will push for the summit.
Hari, who is climbing to change perceptions about disability and inspire others that anything is possible with adaptation, said: “When I lost my legs, I thought my life was over, but only over time did I realise that I only found my true self.
“Anything is possible with adaptation, and I hope that my climb changes perceptions people may have about the capability of people with disabilities and also inspire others to climb their own mountain, whatever that might be.”
Hari hopes to raise 100 times the height of Mt. Everest (£884,900), for five charities that helped him on the road to recovery: The Gurkha Welfare Trust, On Course Foundation, Blesma, Pilgrim Bandits and Team Forces.
To support Hari’s Everest Appeal expedition, visit https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/harieverestappeal