Double amputee climber scales Mount Everest

  • Xia Boyu reached the summit of Mount Everest from the Nepal side on Monday morning
  • Xia lost both his legs in 1975 after suffering frostbite in a failed Everest expedition

A 70-year-old double amputee climber has successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest early Monday morning.

Chinese national Xia Boyu lost both his feet in 1975 after suffering frostbite in a failed Everest expedition. Since then, he had made four attempts to conquer the top of the world but again failed.

His attempt this year was nearly derailed by the Nepal government, which in December banned double amputees and blind people from climbing Everest; part of a raft of restrictions it claimed would make the mountain safer. The Nepal supreme court said the order was discriminatory and stayed it in March.

Xia became the first amputee to reach the peak of the world’s tallest mountain from the Nepal side, after overcoming tragedy and official barriers on his fifth attempt.

He is being guided by Mingma G. Sherpa, a veteran Nepalese mountaineer, who successfully climbed the world’s 14 highest mountains on the first attempt. An additional 11 Sherpas have provided support.