I was born in Nepal and joined the Gurkha regiment when I was 19. In 2010 I was serving with the British Army in Afghanistan when I stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). I lost both my legs above the knee and struggled to come to terms with my disability.
I thought my life was over. Growing up in Nepal, you see that disabled people are not treated well. My recovery was extremely hard, and I didn’t have much understanding of disabilities – I’d never seen amputees or disabled people living independently. I thought my wife might leave me, but she and my family have been incredibly supportive. We had to figure out a way for me to live my life.
I found there was some magic in being outdoors. Since my accident I’ve tried skydiving, kayaking and rock climbing. Training with my good friend Krish, I’ve taken on various mountaineering challenges including Mont Blanc, Ben Nevis and Kilimanjaro.
For Nepalese people there are three things we are proud of: the Lord Buddha, the Gurkhas and Mount Everest. I grew up looking at the mountain and was fascinated by it throughout childhood. Our next challenge had to be the tallest peak in the world.
In 2017, the Nepalese government banned amputees and visually impaired people from climbing mountains over 6,500ft, so Mount Everest was off the cards. We had to go to the Supreme Court to fight the case. When the rule was overturned, we didn’t raise enough money in 2019 – then Covid hit. In 2022 we prepared and, six years after the ban, we flew to Nepal to start the challenge.