Kathmandu: In what is a “tough task” even for experienced climbers, double amputee Rustam Nabiev successfully summited the eighth highest mountain in the world on Saturday morning.
The 28-year-old Russian used his hands to pull himself up to the summit of Mt Manaslu standing 8,163 meters, confirmed Mingma G, Managing Director of Imagine Nepal Trek and Expedition.
“This is the first time a double amputee has successfully climbed Mt Manaslu,” he told Nepal Live Today over a phone. “It is not easy to scale Mt Manalu as the summit is steep. The Russian climber made history by successfully climbing the mountain with the help of his hands,” said Mingma.
Nabiev has already climbed Mount Elbrus, the highest peak in Europe, in 2020. The mountain stands 5,642 meters tall.
“Rustam survived a terrible disaster when his army barracks collapsed on July 12, 2015. Despite being buried under the rubble all night, he was successfully rescued. There was a price, however; he lost both his legs,” according to Russia Beyond.
This is the first time mountaineers have scaled Mt Manaslu in the autumn season in the last 45 years. The last time, mountaineers scaled the mountain in the autumn season was in 1976.
For this season, the government has issued permits to 171 climbers to climb Mt Manaslu.
In the meantime, a Canadian mountaineer Brent Seal, 37, lost his life while summiting the mountain early this week.
Photos/videos: Rustam Nabiev/Instagram