After losing his legs in Afghanistan, a former Gurkha plans to break the boundaries of disability in 2018 by standing at the top of the highest peak of the world.
Speaking to the local newspaper, the 37 years old Hari Budha Magar has said that he plans to leave for the region of Gosiakunda to try and climb a 5,145 meter high Surya Peak. The ex soldier of Royal Gurkha Rifles also plans to take part in a skiing race, besides trying to climb the peak with his prosthetic legs, in an attempt to prepare for the challenges that await.
His plan is to get to Mount Everest from the Nepal side in the spring season, which has never been achieved by anyone with double leg amputation above the knees till date.
The permanent resident of Rolpa district, Budha Magar, said that he strives to inspire physically impaired people, who have determination and courage, along with physically injured people of the world, after becoming a role model for them.
Budha Magar served as a corporal with RGR for 15 years for the British crown before being discharged in 2014 from the army on medical grounds because of the injuries sustained in 2010, when he lost both of his legs from above the knees, while serving in Afghanistan.
After his arrival from the United Kingdom, Budha Magar said that after getting physical injuries various challenges and sports have made him confident about his life. He wanted to show the entire world that nothing is impossible for the people with physical disability and that they can do everything they used to do prior to getting injured. Instead of taking his injuries as his weakness, he took them as an opportunity to show his potential to the world.
Budha said that his plans for 2017 are to try to climb several mountains including Mt Rainer, Mt Manaslu and Mt Blanc. Before trying to climb Mount Everest he will try to climb different mountains to train him for the final expedition. Kayaking, skydiving, alpine skiing and rock climbing are the other sports activities which he has already taken part in successfully in different countries including Germany, France and US. He further said that the fear factor in such activities did not bother him even if he was aware of the risk involved in climbing high peaks.
The managing director at Himalayan Ski Trek, Krishna Thapa, who also manages the expedition trips of Budha Magar, said that he is a man of determination and courage. He further added that “the expedition of Conquering Our Dreams” is specially designed for a team of combat veteran fellows of Budha Magar and that they will be handled by the Myrmidon Expeditions based in US.
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