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Hari Budha Magar receives a hero’s welcome in Kathmandu and audience with the Nepali Prime Minister

Hari Budha Magar, a former Gurkha in the British Army, received a hero’s welcome upon his arrival back in Kathmandu after successfully summiting Mount Everest. He achieved a remarkable feat by becoming the first double above-knee amputee to conquer Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak.

Hari arriving back into Kathmandu Photo Credit: T Him Bista

The streets of Kathmandu were filled with well-wishers as Hari arrived via helicopter from Basecamp. He was then transported to the city, where he received a warm greeting and congratulations from Sudan Kirati, the Foreign Minister of Nepal, and a crowd of supporters.

Hari greeted by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal: Photo Credit PM Office

During the event, Hari was honoured to receive a message of congratulations from President Ram Chandra Poudel. He also had the opportunity to meet Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal in person, who commended Hari for his extraordinary courage in summiting Everest. The Prime Minister thanked him for demonstrating that with commitment, dedication, and hard work, anything is possible.

Expressing his gratitude for the overwhelming support, Hari stated, “The support has been unbelievable—just amazing. The primary goal of this expedition was to change perceptions and the tremendous amount of support we have received shows that we are indeed achieving that. It’s not only my personal achievement, but also the achievement of an incredible team who ensured our successful summit and safe return. Together, we aspire to make the world a better place.”

Hari’s father, Purai Budha Magar, 73, stood by his side amidst the crowd. When approached by a reporter, he joyfully shared, “I’m truly happy about their achievements.”

Following a few days in Kathmandu, Hari will fly back to the UK, where he will be reunited with the rest of his family. He is urging supporters worldwide to contribute generously as he raises funds for five veteran charities, including Team Forces, the Gurkha Welfare Trust, Pilgrim Bandits, Blesma, and On Course Foundation. His goal is to raise over £884,900, which symbolizes the height of Everest with two additional zeros.

Group Photo With Prime Minister of Nepal, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister, Finance Minister, Federal Affairs and General Administration Minister, Minister of Water Supply Photo Credit: PM Office

To support Hari’s Everest appeal, please visit

Hari has received support from more than 30 organizations, including Team Forces, Barratt Developments, Branding Science Group, Ottobock, Therabody, the Oriental Club, and over 600 individuals. He expresses immense gratitude for their support, without which this incredible endeavour would not have been possible, and for the opportunity to inspire others and challenge perceptions.

For more information on Hari’s major supporters, please visit

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