By: Team Drilers | 15 March, 2019
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Arunima Sinha is the first Indian amputee to scale the Mount Everest. She is honored “Padma Sri” in January 2015. Arunima Sinha is the world record holder in amputee division to climb Mount Everest. She was a national volleyball player before meeting with a disastrous situation on the train which left her amputee. Then she rose high as a professional mountaineer.

“Every scar I have makes me what I am.”- The Inspirational Story of Arunima Sinha’s Willpower

Arunima Sinha is born in a small town name Ambedkar Nagar near Lucknow. Her father worked as an engineer in the army and mother as a health department supervisor. She lost her father at the age of 3. She was a national volleyball player. 

Chain snatchers victimized Arunima Sinha

Arunima Sinha got a call letter from Delhi. While returning, she was traveling on the train. A group of chain snatchers attacked her on the train. When she refused to give the gold chain, that group attacked her and thrown her out of the train. This incident happened in the evening. She was helpless on the railway track until the next day morning will multiple fractures and a broken leg. The doctor in the hospital donated his blood and did the treatment to her. After this accident, Arunima Sinha lost her left leg and was attached a rod to right leg because of multiple fractures in her right leg. 

How Arunima became Mountaineer

Arunima Sinha was lying on the hospital bed filled with pain and emotions. She was not low on confidence but, she potentially took a decision to become a mountaineer and prove herself and the world about what she is capable of. 

Arunima Sinha is the first Indian amputee to scale the Mount Everest

“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” Carol Burnett

After a solemn resolution to become a mountaineer, it was not a cakewalk for her. Working hard for a few months on her fitness, she excelled in the basic mountaineering course from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi. She contacted Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest, and joined the training program under her at the Uttarkashi camp of the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSFA) 2012. 

SusenMahto was the instructor for her in TSFA. With all the potential she was ready to scale Mount Everest. Joining her instructor SusenMahto, Arunima Sinha started the ascent of Mount Everest. After hard work and dedication against the all odds they faced, Sinha reached the summit of Mount Everest on 21st May 3013, as a part of the Tata Group-sponsored Eco Everest Expedition. She became the first female amputee to scale the Everest. She spent 52 days climbing to reach the summit. 

She was mistaken by media and published that she tried to suicide by jumping from the train when she met with a tragedy on the train. Later, her mother clarifies the issue with media and corrected the information. Usually, patients who lost their legs will take 4 to 5 months to walk. But, Arunima Sinha walked in 2 days. It was her willpower and courage which made her do that. At the summit of Mount Everest, she erected the Indian flag for pictures. She was left with less amount of oxygen when she was clicking pictures. When a situation arose for her to stop taking a picture, she chooses to take a picture and leave even if it costs her life. Arunima Sinha thought she will not reach the sea level because of no sufficient oxygen supply. But, it was luck that a British climber who turned down in the middle of climbing met her. He gave away oxygen supply which made her life till she came back to the camp.



Arunima Sinha is a true example for the youth showing her willpower to achieve the goal to prove herself to this world. She received the fourth highest civilian award “The Padma Shri” from The President in 2015. She also talked about a platform named “Ted Talk”, which showed the whole world about her achievement which inspired youth all over the world.

"Because nobody goes through life without a scar." Carol Burnett