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The Only Way Is Up for Disabled Climber Hari Budha Magar

Hari Budha

Magar is on his way. The double above-knee amputee (DAK) has arrived in Nepal to attempt to climb the world’s highest mountain.

The former Nepalese Gurkha, who is featured on the current cover of Living with Disability, hopes to reach the summit of Mount Everest in early May.

Hari, who lost both legs after stepping on an improvised explosive device while serving with the British Army, holds the world record for being the first ever DAK to summit a mountain over 6,000m. He hopes to push that record above 8,800m by climbing Mount Everest.

In an Instagram post prior to flying out earlier this week, Hari summed up his feelings.

“It’s been a long wait (more than 5 years) to come this far. It's tested me in many ways. I didn’t expect to wait this long but that’s the way the life is. I had to put many things aside to do this, which I think is truly worth it.

“Now it’s time to climb the tallest mountain in the world. And there’s an another mountain that I will be climbing for the rest of my life, which is disability awareness. This is just one of the check points that I want to go through along this journey.

“I am overwhelmed by the support that I have received. I truly appreciate all your kindness, generosity, time, commitment, and dedication for Conquering Dreams Mt. Everest project.

“Through this climb, I would like to give courage to others to climb their own mountain whatever mountain they have and follow their dreams. We can achieve anything if we have positive attitude and right mindset and adapt our life according to time and situation.

“Life is all about adaptation and nothing is impossible. Life should not be limiting.”



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