29-05-2004 09:47 G.M.T. KATHMANDU (AFP)
A Nepalese man who climbed the world's highest mountain despite
the loss of a leg has been given this year's Everest Award that
commemorates the first ascent of the peak.
Nawang Sherpa, 33, who lost his left leg below the knee in a
motorcycle accident three years ago, climbed to the top of Mount
Everest May 16.
Nawang is the first Nepalese citizen without a leg to scale
He climbed the peak using an artificial leg and was accompanied
by two Nepalese sherpas, the General Secretary of the Everest
Summiteers' Association, Diwas Pokhrel said Saturday.
In 1998, US climber Tom Whittaker, who had also lost a leg below
the knee, set a world record by climbing the 8,848-metre (29,048
Nawang hails from Solukhumbu district in east Nepal.
The annual award was established by the Everest Summiteers'
Association to mark the first ascent of Everest by Sir Edmund
Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa May 29, 1953.
The award carries a cash prize of 10,000