Arunima Sinha : World’s 1st female amputee who climbed the Mount Everest

Arunima Sinha : World’s 1st female amputee who climbed the Mount Everest

Arunima Sinha : World’s 1st female amputee who climbed the Mount Everest

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Arunima Sinha : World’s 1st female amputee who climbed the Mount Everest


World’s 1st amputee on Mt Everest

Dear readers, viewers, students ! Have you heard the story of failure and success of a brave Indian girl, Arunima Sinha ? If not, then open Youtube videos, you will see her life story in her own mouth in many channels.

I am giving below a nice account of success story of this extraordinary girl of India.

She is a girl, born in 1988, about 26 years now, belonging to Ambedkar Nagar, a small town near Lucknow, capital of UP (Uttar Pradesh) state of India. Her father was an Engineer under Indian Army. She lost her father at the age of 3. Upon her father’s death, her elder sister’s husband, took hold of the entire family. She has an elder sister and a younger brother.

Her family was oriented towards games and sports. She also was interested in the same since childhood. She became a good volleyball player, also a football player, and a national level champion.

Once, on a night of 11 April 2011, she climbed a train (Padmavati Express) from Lucknow for Delhi, for some personal purpose ( to rectify the wrong date of birth written on the call letter for CISF examination). She climbed in a general compartment, without reservation.

Here is a question in my mind. Why she entered a general coach ? Lucknow to Delhi is about 12 hours journey i.e. one night. As she was a national level volleyball champion, she could have easily got reservation. Also, nowadays, anybody can get reserved birth in train by the ‘Tatkal’ reservation scheme of Indian Railways. So, it is not understood why she attempted for general coach, where very poor low category passengers travel ? However, she might was in hurry and couldn’t try for reserved birth. Also, what is done by the Almighty is for ultimate good of us. Had she not climbed in general compartment, then all these would not have happened and she might not have come into light.

Another strange thing, she was wearing a golden chain or necklace, and in spite of that she took step to climb a general coach. Generally, well established educated people with valuables or money alongwith always prefer to travel in reserved compartments in Indian railways. Because, looting, robbery, etc are common phenomenon in general (unreserved) compartments and sometimes even in reserved compartments also in Indian railways.

In that general compartment where Arunima Sinha was travelling, some miscreants or thugs climbed suddenly at around 1 pm at midnight, and started robbery in the compartment. Nobody was protesting due to fear, and was handing over to the miscreants whatever valuables or jewellery or money they were having. But, Arunima Sinha took a bolder step to protest, she refused to give to the miscreants her bag and the golden necklace that she was wearing. Then, the robbers snatched her necklace by force, threw her down from the running train.The incident happened near Bareilly in UP, India.

Arunima struck with another running train on the adjacent track, fell down below the running train, her legs below the knees got cut off by the wheels of the running train. She kept lying on that track for the whole night there, was screaming in pain, nobody heard her cry in the darkness, near about 49 trains passed over Arunima’s cut legs. She passed that horrible night, about 7 hours, lying and crying on the railway track.

In the morning, some villager noticed her. That villager managed somehow to take her to local hospital at Bareilly. There, her legs were removed from her body, preliminary treatments were started. That hospital was a smaller one without much modern amenities.

After some days, she was shifted to AIIMS hospital, Delhi, with the help of Ministry of Sports, Govt of India. At AIIMS hospital, Delhi, she got treatment for about 4 months. Doctors had fitted her legs with prosthetic ones.

During these four months of staying at AIIMS, there was much ups and downs in her mind. She was passing days through tremendous mental depression. She was a national level player of India, there was definitely many dreams in her mind to climb far more higher. But, this accident broke down her life’s all the dreams. But, after all, she didn’t die, she was alive. So, a tremendous revolution happened in her mind after this tragic accident. She thought, can  just some miscreants in a train destroy my life ? Her self respect didn’t surrender to those miscreants. She thought, “Though I have lost my legs, yet I have not died. I won’t admit defeat to those miscreants. I will do something to happen my dreams come true in another way”. While she was thinking like these in the AIIMS hospital, she read in newspapers false reports of Govt of India or Railway Deptt, about her accident. Govt of India or Railway Deptt was trying to save themselves by publishing false reports through media, that Arunima tried to commit suicide, she had no ticket and tried to escape when TTE came for checking, etc. These false reports, in turn, rejuvenated Arunima’s will to take revenge and prove to everybody that she was not at fault and these false reports were only conspiracy against her.

She decided that she will learn mountaineering and climb the Mt. Everest. Her will power was vigorous.

After release from the AIIMS hospital, somehow, she contacted Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to climb Mt. Everest. Arunima kept her wish in front of Bachendri Pal. When Bachendri Pal saw that Arunima was an amputee, walks with prosthetic legs, and yet she was very much determined to climb Mt Everest, she got frightened as well as astonished. However, after surrendering to Arunima’s strong determination and will power, Bachendri Pal finally agreed to train Arunima about mountaineering and help her to climb Mt. Everest.

In her attempt and struggle to learn and climb Mt. Everest, she got help and support from many, like her own brother Mr Omprakash, Ramkrishna Mission of Vadodara (Gujrat, India), TATA Steel, etc.

However, after long long struggle and hard times, on 21 May 2013, at 10:55 hrs, Arunima Sinha became successful to climb Mt Everest, the peak of Asia,  and be on top of the world, 8848 m above the sea level.

It has been a record in the history of not only India but the entire world.

Before Arunima Sinha, Rhonda Graham, a female amputee from USA climbed Mount Everest in October, 2011.

The proverb goes : Fortune favours the brave ( Translated in Hindi, Indian national language: भाग्य निडर का साथ देता है। ). Also said in the Bible : His power works best in weakness. — Bible (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Luck favors the brave and it’s apt for Arunima. She was brave enough to die, she took the bold challenge to die, and then may be the so called “luck” favored her. When she was climbing down, her oxygen was finished. Coincidently, at that moment, a British climber was turning his way back without reaching the top (due to bad weather) and threw away the extra oxygen on his way back. Arunima’s Sherpa took that cylinder and that somehow saved her life.

Arunima Sinha has been honoured by the Govt of India and many others for her legendary achievement. She was awarded ‘Padma Shree’, the 4th highest civilian award,  by the Govt of India, in 2015. She received ‘Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award’, from Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India.

Now, Arunima Sinha has become a motivational speaker. She has been invited by many institutions like IIT’s, all over India and abroad to deliver a lecture and share her experiences of climbing the Mt. Everest. She has been delivering inspirational lectures and these are available in Youtube.

She has an ambition of collecting money through motivational lectures and awards and to utilise this money in making a training institute for amputees and physically handicapped persons like her, so that they can become self dependent. She is engaged now in this great social work.

Famous motivational speaker, Vivek Bindra (, quoted Arunima Sinha in many of his motivational speeches. Mr Bindra says, “Disabled are not the ones who are ‘physically’ disabled. In fact, disabled are the ones whose thoughts are disabled. Those who give up in life are the ones who are really disabled”.

Usually amputee patients take months, or even years, to get accustomed to their prosthetic limbs. But,  Arunima walked in two days. It proves that the thoughts of mind holds tremendous sway over the physical body.

Her enthusiasm and will power has reached to such a height (after that tragic train accident and success in Mt Everest), that she is attempting to climb all the 7 peaks of the 7 continents of the world. So far, upto the time of writing this story, she has already achieved the first four. ( Asia : Mt Everest, Africa : Kilimanjaro, Europe : Elbrus, Australia : Kosciuszko). N. America : Denali, S. America : ………………. Antarctica: Vinson Massif, are remaining.

She wrote a book, titled “Born Again on the Mountain”, which was launched very recently by Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India.

At the end of all her motivational speeches, Arunima used to tell a small verse in Hindi, consisting of the four lines. It is as below :

Abhi to is baaj ki asli urhaan baaki hai, ( अभी तो इस बाज  की असली उड़ान बाकी है ),

Abhi to is parinde ka imtahaan baaki hai, ( अभी तो इस परिंदे का इम्तहान  बाकी है ),

Abhi abhi maine langhaa hai samandar ko, ( अभी अभी मैंने लांघा है समन्दर को ),

Abhi to pura aasmaan baaki hai. ( अभी तो पूरा आसमान बाकी है  ).

English Translation of the verse:

The real flight of this hawk (day owl) is still remaining,

The test of this bird is still remaining,

I have crossed the sea just now,

The entire sky is still remaining.


Undoubtedly, Arunima has etched her name in history for her extraordinary and brave achievement, despite all odds. It’s the same as life. When life shows the worst things to you, just cross all odds and stand on top.


मुश्किल हालात सबके जीवन में आते है, लेकिन विजयी वही होता है जिनके इरादे बुलन्द होते है !


ऐसी बुलन्द हौसलो वाली महिला अरुणिमा सिन्हा को हमारा सलाम !


So, dear viewers, readers, friends, students, you have gone through the above inspirational story of Arunima Sinha, by wasting your valuable time. Now, I will summarise what ‘vitamins’ you have got by reading this story :


  1. You should not get disheartened by some failure or tragic incident or negative happenings in life. You should never give up in life, whatever be the adverse situations. Always remain optimist and positive.
  2. Always develop a determined mind, a strong will power, to make your dreams in life come true.
  3. No risk, no gain. Don’t hesitate to take some risks in life, whenever necessary. This step will bring you back good results ultimately.
  4. Problems in life should not stop you from proceeding forward. When life shows the worst things to you, just cross all odds and stand on top.
  5. Set your goals high in life & don’t stop until you reach there.


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