Arunima Sinha

Arunima Sinha, the world's first female amputee to climb Mount Everest and a former volleyball player at India national level, has added another feather to her cap, the conquest of Breithorn in Switzerland. 


Breithorn (4164m / 13661feet) literally means 'broad peak/mountain' when translated from German, is a mountain of the Pennine Alps, located on the border between Switzerland and Italy. 


'I am delighted at being able to achieve the feat of ascending Breithorn. With each climb, I gain valuable know-how and confidence, which helps me in the ascent of the next summit,' she said.


The former national level volleyball player met with an unfortunate accident in 2011 when she was attacked by a gang of robbers. Despite losing one of her limbs, she resolved to climb Mount Everest. After a basic mountaineering course, she conquered the peak in 2013. 


Meticulous preparation and climbing has helped Arunima Sinha scale the world's most famous peaks. She has been setting records as the first female amputee to conquer multiple summits. Her list of achievements, in addition to Mount Everest, is Mt. Elbrus (5642m / 18510feet) in Russia and the highest peak in Austria, Mt. Kosciusko (2228m / 7310feet).

Arunima Sinha
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After this, Arunima's next goal will be the daunting peak of Mt. Aconcagua (6962m / 22841feet) in the Andes Mountains of South America. In the following year, she has set her sights on conquering Mt. McKinley in North America and Mt. Vinson in Antarctica.


To tell and share her story, Arunima has written a book 'Born again on the mountain', which was launched by the Prime minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, in December 2014.


She is also a proud recipient of the Padma Shri award, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 2015.