Kathmandu: Double amputee Hari Bahadur Budha, who scaled Sagarmatha (Mt Everest) on May 19, has been welcomed at Tribhuvan International Airport. Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Sudan Kirati, tourism entrepreneurs and Magar Community welcomed Budha at TIA. Budha arrived Kathmandu from Lukla.
Also an ex-Gurkha army, Budha had reached atop the world’s highest peak on May 19. With this, he has set a record to become the first double amputee mountaineer climbing the Sagarmatha. He had scaled the Mt Everest with the support of prosthesis. On the occasion, Minister Kirati congratulated climber Budha, saying he had shown indomitable courage time and again in his life. “Budha has given a new message from the top of the Sagarmatha. He has given a message to the world community that nothing is impossible through hard work and willpower,” the minister said. Similarly, climber Budha extended special gratitude to the team helping him for the success. He said, “My attempt to scale Sagarmatha would not have been successful without the team that helped me to reach atop the highest peak putting its life at risk.”
Ex-Gurkha army Budha had lost both legs below the knee to an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2010.