Australian, Chinese double amputee summit Everest

A 69-Year-Old Double Amputee Has Just Climbed Mount Everest

A 69-Year-Old Double Amputee Has Just Climbed Mount Everest

According to Phurba Namgyal Sherpa, co-founder of Climbalaya Treks and Expeditions, Dawa Tenzing Sherpa, Chhiring Wangchu Sherpa, Pemba Tenzing Sherpa, Lakpa Norbu Sherpa, Pemba T Sherpa and Phura Chhiri Sherpa successfully fixed ropes to the summit point on Mt Everest this morning. There are usually only a few days of good weather on the highest part of the mountain in May, when climbers rush to attempt the summit.

At 8:26 a.m., on Monday, the now 70-year-old Xia finally stood on top of the world-becoming the first climber with two above-the-knee amputations to do so.

The team reached the summit on Sunday afternoon while fixing ropes for foreign climbers, who will begin this week to ascend the mountain.

Shrestha said that Xia is the first double amputee to scale the Mt Everest from the Nepal side while he is the second double leg amputee to climb the Mt Everest.

Twenty years later, both of his legs would be amputated, too, after he developed lymphoma, a rare form of blood cancer.

Mark Joseph Inglis of New Zealand is the first double leg amputee to summit the world's tallest peak from the Chinese side.

He attempted for the summit in 2014 and 2015 as well but, unfortunately, his dream was again shattered when the expedition was canceled due to an avalanche and natural disaster.


The ruling was struck down by Nepal's top court in March, which ruled it discriminatory towards people with disabilities. In 2016, Xia got to within 300 feet of the summit when a blizzard forced him to retreat.

"Climbing Mount Everest is my dream".

Steve and Jon also became the first foreigners to reach the top of the world this climbing season.

Nepal government has issued 346 permits for this year's spring-summer climb between mid-April and May-end.

Controversial regulations introduced by the Nepalese Government, which banned double amputees, blind people and solo climbers from scaling Everest, were revoked a short time before his successful sixth attempt.

The previous record for the fastest ascent of the seven summits was set past year by Polish climber Janusz Kochanski, who did it in 126 days.

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