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Arunima Sinha

Arunima Sinha


Lying there on the hospital bed, when I was at my weakest and most vulnerable, I felt helpless to defend myself and my family against this onslaught. I said to no one in particular, “Today is your day. Bark whatever you want. But someday I will prove, without a doubt, the truth of what happened to me.”

  • Arunima “Sonu” Sinha (born 1988) is world’s first female amputee to climb Mount Everest. She is also the first Indian amputee to climb Mount Everest.
  • Sinha is from Ambedkar Nagar in Uttar Pradesh, India. She had qualified as a Head Constable in the CISF.
  • Sinha, a former national volleyball and football player, boarded the Padmavat Express train at Lucknow for Delhi on 11 April 2011, to take an examination to join the CISF.
  • She was pushed out of a general coach of the train by thieves wanting to snatch her bag and gold chain.
  • Immediately, as she fell on the railway track, another train on a parallel track crushed her leg below the knee and lost her leg after doctors amputated it to save her life.
  • She was offered compensation of INR25000 (US$380) by the Indian Sports Ministry. Following national outrage, the Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Ajay Maken announced an additional Rs. INR200000 (US$3,100) compensation as medical relief, together with a recommendation for a job in the CISF. Indian Railways also offered her a job.
  • On 18 April 2011, she was brought to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences for further treatment, spending four months at the Institute. She was provided a prosthetic leg free of cost by a private Delhi-based Indian company.
  • While still being treated in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, she resolved to climb Mount Everest, She was inspired by cricketer Yuvraj Singh, who had successfully battled cancer, “to do something” with her life.
  • She excelled in the basic mountaineering course from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi, and was encouraged by her elder brother Omprakash to climb Everest with a prosthetic leg.
  • She contacted Bachendri Pal, and signed up for training under her at the Uttarkashi camp of the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) 2012.Sinha climbed Island Peak (6150 metres) in 2012 as preparation for her ascent of Everest
  • On 1 April 2013, Sinha and Susen Mahto, a TSAF instructor, who had together climbed Mount Chhamser Kangri (6622 metres) in 2012 under the guidance of Bachendri Pal started their ascent of Mount Everest.
  • After a hard toil of 17 hours, Sinha reached the summit of Mount Everest at 10:55 am on 21 May 2013, as part of the Tata Group-sponsored Eco Everest Expedition, becoming the first female amputee to scale Everest. She took 52 days to reach the summit.
  • Chief minister of UP handed over two cheques for an amount of Rs. 25 lakh to Sinha at a function organised at her 5-Kalidas Marg residence in Lucknow.
  • These included a cheque of Rs. 20 lakh from the state government and a cheque of Rs. 5 lakh on behalf of the Samajwadi Party.
  • Arunima Sinha is now dedicated towards social welfare and she wants to open a free sports academy for the poor and differently-abled persons.
  • She was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 2015. She is Awarded Tenzing Norgay Highest Mountaineering Award in India same as Arjun Award.
  • She wrote the book “Born again on the mountain”, launched by Prime minister of India Narendra Modi in December 2014.
  • After climbing the Mount Everest Arunima Sinha’s next goal was to climb all the seven highest peaks in all seven continents. She covered six peaks, i.e in Asia, Europe, South America, Australia, Africa and North America by 2014.
  • She summited Mt. Elburs of Russia (Europe) Elevation 5,642 m (18,510 ft), Prominence 4,741 m (15,554 ft) and Kilimanjaroof Tanzania(Africa)Elevation 5,895 m (19,341 ft) and Prominence 5,885 m (19,308 ft).
  • On Jan 4, 2019, she climbed the seventh peak on Antarctica and became world’s first female amputee to climb Mount Vinson WARRIOR Rehne de aasma, zameen ki talash kar Rehne de aasma, zameen ki talash kar Sab kuch yahi hai, kahin aur na talash kar Jeene ke liye, ek kami ki talash kar.