70-year-old double amputee successfully climbs Mount Everest

70-year-old double amputee successfully climbs Mount Everest

He was accompanied by three others sherpas.

Xia lost his legs after his first attempt on Everest in 1975, when he was part of the Chinese Mountaineering Team, after he lent a teammate his sleeping bag.

Nepalese authorities moved previous year to ban double amputees - along with blind and solo climbers - from attempting to reach the summit.

Last year, he returned from a point at the height of around 8,000 metres.

Expert Sherpa guides are chosen to open up the path to the summit and fix ropes for other climbers. His dream was almost shattered when Nepal government banned double amputee and blind climbers from summiting its mountains.

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Boyu, who is 69 or 70 years old, according to news reports, became at least the third double amputee in history to scale the mountain and the first to do it on the Nepal side, a Nepal Ministry of Culture and Tourism official confirmed to the local Kathmandu Post. But with 656 feet left to climb a treacherous blizzard forced him to turn back, Japan Times reported.

Three months later, however, Nepal's high court overturned the ban on double amputee and blind climbers, agreeing that it discriminated against disabled people.

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.

Xia ascended Everest along with the Imagine Treks and Expeditions team, led by Sherpa Minima Gyalje.

"I love the mountain", Xia told TIME prior to his climb, "I will fight for it my entire life".

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"Climbing Mount Everest is my dream".

April and May are considered the best months to climb Everest, although May usually has only a few good weather days to make it possible to reach the summit.

"The world climbers are on their way to the summit after they found a fair window to climb Mt Everest", he said.

A Chinese climber who was crippled by frostbite on Everest more than 40 years ago has scaled the summit at the start of this year's climbing season.

Australian Steve Plain, meanwhile, set the record for the fastest climb of the highest mountains on seven continents.

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