KATHMANDU : Four years
after he lost part of a leg in a traffic accident, Nawang Sherpa was
standing on top of the world.
30-yearold Nepalese man, who has a prosthetic left leg from the knee down,
has conquered Mount Everest . But he said that scaling the highest peak, was
"not so difficult."
When he reached the
8,848-metre summit on May 16, Sherpa’s thoughts rushed to his most agonising
moment of July 2000 when he was knocked down by a public bus. "I just
remembered the moment of the accident, and the agony that I experienced
after it," Sherpa said.
the summit, I was dumbfounded for some time as I forgot I was standing on
the top of Earth," he told AFP. "I have realised that people with
disabilities should also be given the opportunity to show their skills
rather than just be the objects of sympathy."
Sherpa’s quest took
11 hours and 15 minutes through the south col route. "The climb from
the final camp set up was the easiest," he said.