Double amputee could become the first to climb Mt. Everest with no legs

Hari Budha Magar was denied permission to climb the world's highest peak after the Nepalese tourism office slapped a blanket ban on amputee attempts.

After a change of heart, authorities in Nepal are allowing a double amputee who was banned from climbing Mt. Everest to reach his lifelong dream.

Hari Budha Magar was originally denied permission by the Nepalese tourism office to climb the world’s tallest peak because he doesn’t have legs. The decision was part of a blanket ban, which also included solo climbers and the blind, to cut down the number of deaths on the mountain.

Disabled climber Hari Budha-Magar. See National News story NNLEGS; A former Gurkha will be allowed to climb Mount Everest after an about-turn by the authorities - who banned him because he doesn't have any LEGS. Hari Budha Magar, 38, was originally refused permission to climb the world's highest peak after the Nepalese tourism office slapped a blanked ban on amputee attempts. It came in December as part of a raft of measures introduced in a bid to slash the number of deaths on the mountain, which also included solo climbers and the blind. But the dad-of-three, who lives in Canterbury, Kent, but was born in the shadow of the mountain, will now be able to achieve his childhood dream after the decision was overturned following an appeal to the country’s Supreme Court.

A former British Gurkha will be allowed to climb Mount Everest after authorities had originally banned him because he doesn’t have any legs.  ( © Blesma / SWNS.com)

But the 33-year-old appealed to the Nepalese Supreme Court and the decision was overturned.

Hari told SWNS, “I am absolutely overjoyed and it shows you must never give up on your dreams but challenge yourself and always keep hope.”

The British war veteran lost both of his legs in Afghanistan in April 2010, after stepping on a bomb while serving with the 1st Royal Gurkha Rifles.

Disabled climber Hari Budha-Magar. See National News story NNLEGS; A former Gurkha will be allowed to climb Mount Everest after an about-turn by the authorities - who banned him because he doesn't have any LEGS. Hari Budha Magar, 38, was originally refused permission to climb the world's highest peak after the Nepalese tourism office slapped a blanked ban on amputee attempts. It came in December as part of a raft of measures introduced in a bid to slash the number of deaths on the mountain, which also included solo climbers and the blind. But the dad-of-three, who lives in Canterbury, Kent, but was born in the shadow of the mountain, will now be able to achieve his childhood dream after the decision was overturned following an appeal to the country’s Supreme Court.

Hari Budha-Magar, 38, will climb Mt. Everest with a group called Conquering Dreams, an expert team of Royal Gurkha, U.S. Marine Corps and Navy Seal veterans.  ( © Blesma / SWNS.com)

Hari began mountain climbing as part of his recovery with some of his fellow servicemen and he already has scaled several peaks, including Ben Nevis and Mont Blanc. He is the only above-the-knee double amputee to have reached the 6,476-meter Mera Peak’s summit in Nepal.

He explained to SWNS how a journalist friend took up his cause. “He appealed to the Supreme Court in Nepal on my behalf and they ruled that I should not be refused permission,” he said.

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Nobody with his level of disability has ever climbed Everest. His upcoming venture will be achieved with a group called Conquering Dreams, an expert team of Royal Gurkha, U.S. Marine Corps and Navy Seal veterans.

“In the past I fought the enemy, but today I fight this injury,” Hari said. “I fight to re-establish my mental health and live my life fully, help inspire others, learn new skills, relying confidently on my body as it is.”