Australian breaks world record with Mt Everest summit

First climbers of 2018 reach Everest summit

Breaking the previous record an Australian climber Steve Plain conquered the Mount Everest in 117 days, becoming the fastest person to climb the mountain.

He later lost his lower legs to blood cancer. "It also represents a personal challenge, a challenge of fate", Xia told AFP, a month before heading to the mountain.

Xia had lost both of his legs in his first attempt in 1975.

Another 180 climbers are preparing to summit Everest from its north side in Tibet, according to the China Tibet Mountaineering Association.

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Mark Joseph Inglis of New Zealand was the first double leg amputee to summit the peak, who scaled the mountain from the Chinese side in 2006. But, Xia received permission in March this year when the government overturned the decision by calling it "discriminatory" toward people with disabilities.

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 2016 attempt brought him close to the summit before a blizzard set in. "I have to realize it".

"Climbing Mount Everest is my dream".

A trekker stands in front of Mount Everest at Kala Patthar in Solukhumbu District May 7, 2014.

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The Chinese climber is not the first double-amputee on Everest, but he is the oldest.

A group of eight Nepalese Sherpa guides reached the summit of Mount Everest on Sunday, fixing ropes and clearing paths for other climbers to begin their ascent to the peak, a government official said. His attempt in 2015 was also cancelled following a 7.8 natural disaster that shook Nepal and triggered more avalanches on the mountain. He has already climbed six other highest peaks - Denali (North America), Elbrus (Europe), Vinson (Antarctica), Aconcagua (South America), Kilimanjaro (Africa) and Papua New Guinea's Carstensz Pyramid (Australasia).

Nepal has issued 346 permits to mountaineers for this year's spring climbing season, which runs from mid-April to the end of May. Expeditions have been forced to wait in line for hours near the top of the mountain, putting climbers at risk of exposure injuries and sudden weather changes.

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