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Hari Budha Magar
Born 1979 (age 42–43)
Mirul, Rolpa District, Nepal
Occupation Mountaineer,
Motivational speaker, Disability Campaigner
Spouse(s) Married
Website
www.haribudhamagar.com

Hari Budha Magar is a Nepalese double above-knee amputee and record-breaking mountaineer. In 2017, he became the first double above-knee amputee (DAK) to summit a mountain taller than 6,000m (Mera Peak, 6,476m).[1]

Magar ice climbing in Nepal. (Photo: Shanta Nepali)

Early life

Magar was born in 1979 in a village in the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal.[2] He was born in a cow-shed at an altitude of 2,500m in a remote part of Western Nepal. He grew up in Mirul, in the Rolpa District of the Himalayas in Nepal. As a child, he had to walk 45 minutes each day to go to school and back, barefoot; at school, there were no pens or paper so he learnt to write with chalk stone on a wooden plank. He was forced to get married at the age of 11. During his teenage years, he was surrounded by the Nepalese Civil War where more than 17,000 people were killed over a period of 10 years.[2][3]

Military career 

Magar joined the British Army via the Royal Gurkha Rifles when he was 19. He served across five continents, doing training and operations for the British Army, his roles included Combat Medic, Sniper, and Covert Surveillance, amongst other things.[3]

Injury and recovery

Hari Budha Magar skiing in Colorado. (Photo: Gary Humphrey)

While he was serving with the British Army in Afghanistan in 2010, Magar stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). Ultimately, he lost his legs, both above the knee, and sustained a variety of other injuries.[3]

Since his injuries, Magar has tried a variety of sports and adventures, they include: golf, skiing, skydiving, kayaking, and rock climbing. He has also played wheelchair rugby and wheelchair basketball. He holds the world record for being the first double above-knee amputee to summit a mountain over 6,000 m (20,000 ft).[1]

Mountaineering

As of November 2020, Magar has summited Mont Blanc (4,810m),[3] Chulu Far East (6,059m),[4] Kilimanjaro (5,895m),[5] and Mera Peak (6,476m). He climbed Mera Peak in 2017 and became the first double above-knee amputee to ever summit a mountain greater than 6,000m.[1]

Plan to climb Everest

Magar's ultimate goal, and plan, is to climb Mount Everest (8,848m), the tallest mountain in the world.[3] In 2017, Nepal banned solo, blind, and double amputee climbers from climbing Mount Everest.[6] Magar was already planning to climb the mountain when the news broke. He called out the ban as discriminatory and was heavily involved in campaigning and fighting it.[7] In 2018, after a collective effort from Hari, disability organisations and other people, the Supreme Court of Nepal overturned the ban.[8]

As of February 2021, Magar announces an attempt to climb Mount Everest in the spring. In case of another postponement due to the COVID pandemic, the expedition will take place in 2022.[9]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Double above knee amputee Gurkha soldier sets record scaling Mera Peak". September 21, 2017. https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/double-above-knee-amputee-gurkha-soldier-sets-record-scaling-mera-peak/. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "No ordinary soldier: the former Gurkha who tells Northern Ireland people that adversity proves no barrier to scaling new peaks in their lives". https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/no-ordinary-soldier-the-former-gurkha-who-tells-northern-ireland-people-that-adversity-proves-no-barrier-to-scaling-new-peaks-in-their-lives-37552931.html. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Thomas Page. "Double amputee Hari Budha Magar aims for an Everest first". https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/hari-budha-magar-double-amputee-everest/index.html. 
  4. "Mt. Chulu Far East 2019". https://www.hstadventure.com/blog/chulu-far-east-2019. 
  5. "Two double amputees, Hari and Justin, successfully climb Mt Kilimanjaro". https://www.southasiatime.com/2020/01/11/two-double-amputees-hari-and-justin-successfully-climb-mt-kilimanjaro/. 
  6. "Nepal bans solo, amputee and visually impaired climbers from Mt Everest". December 31, 2017. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-31/nepal-bans-solo-climbers-from-mount-everest/9295218. 
  7. "Double amputee slams 'discriminatory' Everest ban". https://www.iol.co.za/news/world/double-amputee-slams-discriminatory-everest-ban-12872909. 
  8. "Double amputee could become the first to climb Mt. Everest with no legs". March 19, 2018. https://www.foxnews.com/health/double-amputee-could-become-the-first-to-climb-mt-everest-with-no-legs. 
  9. Conquering dreams haribudhamagar.com

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