In May 2023, Hari climbed the world's tallest mountain via the South Col route from Nepal. The route weaved through the treacherous Khumbu Ice Fall to the Western Cwm, before heading up the imposing wall of ice that is the Lhotse Face. He then trekked across the Yellow Band and the Geneva Spur to the South Col. The South Col is the site of Camp IV, from which he made his summit push. His final push took him via the Balcony, South Summit and the famous Hillary Step. The
round trip to the summit from the South Col can take up to 18 hours for an average able bodied climber.
HARI BUDHA MAGAR
Hari has been training for this summit attempt with Krish Thapa, former Chief Mountain Instructor at the SAS and world-renowned climber. With his help, Hari has already made history as the first double above-knee amputee to trek to Everest Base Camp. However, reaching the 8,848.86m (29,029ft) summit is the ultimate test. The human body is not designed to operate at that altitude. Add to that his own challenges with reduced mobility and speed, and there is a whole new layer of difficulty to navigate. Hari is three times slower than able bodied climbers because his gait is so short. The longer the climb takes, the more chance something could go wrong.
The equipment will be the biggest challenge. Everything will have to be adapted to get him onto the mountain. He will need made-to-measure clothing and cutting-edge kit - from specially designed crampons, to the heated sockets around his stumps and the short engineered prosthetic legs he’ll be using for the climb.
Hari and Krishna have been training together since 2016 and Krishna has led all of Hari’s record-breaking expeditions to date. The rest of the team consists of UK and US veterans along with some of the most experienced Sherpas in the world.
Krish is a world-class high-altitude mountaineer, ex-SAS Mountain leader and professional guide. He was the first Gurkha from The Royal Gurkha Rifles regiment to pass selection into the British SAS, serving as head of the Mountain Troops.
He has been at the front line in Iraq and Afghanistan in countless challenging situations. He led the largest Summit group up Everest of 13 UK special forces and Gurkha and he was the first serving Warrant officer to scale Mt Everest & K2. He has guided amputees, blind, deaf, Parkinson’s disease sufferers and PTSD veterans on expedition in Africa, Europe, and the Himalayas of Nepal. Without a doubt, Krish is one of the finest and most inspirational climbers in the world.
He has been the enabler behind some of the decade’s most important climbs and has helped shatter disbelief in the perceived limitation of disabled mountaineers such as Hari whose ability is extraordinary. He has also inspired and trained some of the world’s most prolific climbers.
Everest base camp
THE SUMMIT FLAG
In acknowledgement of all the wonderful support Hari has received, he took the summit flag design below to the top of the world. It represents both the Nepali and British sides of his life and has been designed using the names of all the amazing organisations and individuals who supported him through his Corporate and Personal Summit Clubs.
Beyond these organisations and individuals, Hari is hugely grateful to the 100’s of other individuals who have given a donation via his Crowdfunder, at one of his talks or personally.
Thank you to everyone who has supported Hari and helped him create history.
Hari’s journey since 2010 has lead him here; on a mission to change perceptions around disability and to inspire others to climb their own mountain whatever that may be; living their lives to the fullest.
He is working tirelessly to make a difference and:
bring greater awareness of the benefits of a positive mindset to those with a disability
help make significant changes towards disability in Nepal, UK and internationally
give back to those in a similar situation and support and inspire those to never give up
show the power of sport and adventure and its ability to give back confidence and self-belief
Dame Joanna Lumley
“I am honoured to have been asked to be a patron of this daring Everest expedition. As a Gurkha soldier, Hari went above and beyond his call of duty, and even with the appalling misfortune of losing his legs, his desire to strive to be the best and encourage others to see their own potential is truly inspiring.
“Hari, you are immensely brave taking on this challenge. Not only do I admire your dedication to lead from the front, and to show disability is not life-limiting, but you do it with such a wonderfully positive attitude and can-do manner. You are truly extraordinary and I know you will be an inspiration to many as you take on this incredible feat.”
Dame Joanna Lumley
HELP HARI GIVEBACK
Hari is raising £884,900 (the height of Everest plus two 00's) for 5 amazing charities that helped him through his rehabilitation. No donation is too big, or too small.
If you would like to sponsor Hari on his epic journey
Thank you for your support on this project, without your help it would not be possible.