THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2004


On top of the world, on a prosthetic leg

AGENCIES[ MONDAY, MAY 24, 2004 11:49:21 PM ]

KATHMANDU : Four years after he lost part of a leg in a traffic accident, Nawang Sherpa was standing on top of the world.

The 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.

"After reaching 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.