Kathmandu - A Chinese climber who lost both legs to frostbite on Everest four decades ago finally reached the summit Monday, just months after the revocation of a controversial ban on double-amputee climbers attempting the world's highest peak.
Xia Boyu, 69, summited Everest early Monday on his fifth attempt to reach the top of the 8,848-metre mountain.
"He reached the summit this morning, along with seven other members of his team," said Dawa Futi Sherpa of Imagine Trek and Expedition, who organised Xia's Everest bid.
Xia's dream of standing at the top of the world was nearly thwarted by the Nepal government, which last year banned double amputee and blind climbers from summiting its mountains.
The ruling was overturned by Nepal's top court in March, which branded it as discriminatory towards people with disabilities.
Xia first attempted to summit Everest with a Chinese government-backed team in 1975, but was thwarted by bad weather.