An Indian mount climber and a sportswoman ARUNIMA SINHA is the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest. She is also former seven times Volleyball national player.

As usual she was travelling in local, soon after this some robbers came to her and asked her to give her gold chain, but she refused and after she refused the robbers got vigorous and pushed her from that running rain in the year. This incident resulted in the damaged, in her both legs, she got her left leg amputated below the knee, and got rods in her right leg and her spinal cord got multiple factures.

Climbing each of the continents highest peaks and hoisting the tricolour flag of India was her aim. She has already done climbing seven peaks till 2014. In January 2019 she completed her final summit of Mount Vinson in Antarctica.

She was also honoured with Padma Shri by the government of Indian in 2015, the fourth highest civilian award of India.


Arunima was born on 20 July 1989 in Ambedkar Nagar near Lucknow in U.P. Her father was in the Indian Army and her mother was a supervisor in the health department. She also had an elder sister and a younger brother. After the death of her father, her mother burgeons to look after her family.

Arunima liked to play football and she was a national volleyball player. She always wanted to join paramilitary forces. She also got a call letter from Central Industrial Security Forces (CIFS) but her life did injustice to her and she faced her life-changing accident while she was traveling to Delhi in its response.


The former national volleyball and football player Arunima was travelling from Lucknow to Delhi on 12 April 2011 in Padmavati Express, to attend the examination to join the CIFS. She was pushed by the robbers who wanted to snatch her gold chain and bag out of a general coach of the train. Portraying the incident, she said:

“I resisted and they pushed me out of the train. I could not move. I remember seeing a train coming towards me. I tried getting up. By then, the train had run over my leg. I don’t remember anything after that”.

Instantly, she fell on the railway track, a train from the same track crushed her leg below the knee. Due to late at night there were no one to help her at that current situation. Next morning, she was taken to the hospital, with serious leg and genital injuries and with this she lost her leg after doctors amputated her legs it to save her life.

She was brought to the All-Indian Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) for further treatment. She was provided a prosthetic leg after spending four months at the Institute free of cost by a private Delhi-based Indian company.

An inquiry by the police highlighted the version of the accident turned this in doubt. According to the police, they said was either attempting suicide or met with an accident while crossing the railway tracks. Arunima claimed that the police were lying. With this the Indian Railways paid Arunima a compensation of ₹500,000.


At the time of her treatment in the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, she determined to climb the highest mountain above the sea the Mount Everest. Yuvraj Singh battle with cancer has inspired her in climbing the Everest. She completed her in basic mountaineering course from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi, and her mother supported her to climb the Everest. She did her climbing to Mount Everest with a prosthetic leg. 

After all her efforts and struggles hard of 17 hours, she reached the summit of Mt. Everest on 21 May 2013 on 10:55 am, With this, Arunima became the first amputee female to climb Everest. It took 52 days to reach the summit. She also wrote a small thank you note to Almighty on a wrapped cloth and pressed it in the snow. Recalling the incident, she said:

“It was my tribute to Shankara Bhagawan, and Swami Vivekananda who has been an inspiration throughout my life”.

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