Double amputee climber Xia Boyu at base camp before he leaves for Camp I. Photo courtesy: Mingma G Sherpa

During the mid 70s, a Chinese climber named Xia Boyu lost both of his legs due to frostbite during his first attempt to reach the summit of Mt Everest. And this man scripted history yesterday by becoming the first double amputee climber to stand atop the world’s highest peak.

Xia Boyu (70) scaled Mt Everest at around 7:30 am. He is the first double amputee to climb Mt Everest from Nepal side while he is the second double leg amputee to scale the world highest peak, according to liaison officer Gyanendra Shrestha. Mark Inglis, a double amputee climber from New Zealand, had set record on Mt Everest becoming the first double amputee to reach the summit from Tibet side in 2006, he added. It is Boyu’s fifth attempt on Mt Everest.

According to him, Nepali woman climber Nima Jangmu Sherpa also set the record becoming the country’s first woman to scale both Mt Everest and Mt Lhotse this season. “Nima Jangmu reached the summit point guiding her clients to the top of the world,” he said, adding that she scaled Mt Lhotse on April 29.