Sherpa guides scale Everest to pave way for others climbers

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The storm that caused Xia's frostbite struck in the "death zone" above 8,000m (26,200ft) and stranded his team for three nights, not far from the summit.

But none of that stopped Xia from trying to climb Mount Everest.

Australian Plain became the fastest climber to scale the highest peaks in seven continents, taking 117 days for a feat popularly called the Seven Summits, after he scaled Mount Everest early on Monday, his expedition company in Nepal said.

According to a report in Time, this double amputee climbed the Mt Everest from the Nepal side on Monday morning, and he did so in his fifth attempt?

Dawa Futi Sherpa of Imagine Trek and Expedition which organised the climb and accompanied him up the mountain told The Washington Post that 69-year-old Xia completed the climb with several other members of his team.

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To Xia, reaching the summit "represents a personal challenge, a challenge of fate", he told Japan Times in April.

"Climbing Mount Everest is my dream". "I have to realize it".

In December, the Nepal government banned double amputees and people who are blind from climbing mountains to reduce the number of accidents.

He later lost his lower legs to blood cancer.

Xia had already been dealing bad luck at the time the ban went into effect.

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"Boyu finally won his 40-year-long battle for Mount Everest", the sherpa said Monday.

In 2014, he trained for the climb and returned to the mountain but this attempt was canceled after an avalanche hit and killed 16 other climbers. The Chinese alpinist came back for a third time in 2015, but a massive quake rocked Nepal, claiming the lives of hundreds of people and bringing an abrupt end to that season too.

And in 2016, he nearly had a successful climb and had only 200 metres left when a treacherous blizzard forced him to turn back.

As NPR's Lauren Frayer reported at the time, the new regulations were intended "to keep people safe and also to create jobs for local guides and Sherpas" - but those rules were tossed just months later by Nepal's high court for discriminating against people with disabilities.

Mr Boyu's dream was almost thwarted by the Nepalese government, which a year ago banned double amputee and blind climbers from climbing its mountains but the ruling was overturned by Nepal's top court in March, which branded it as discriminatory towards people with disabilities.

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The first was New Zealand climber Mark Inglis, who reached the summit in 2006 at age 59. A year later, Nepal suffered an 8.1 magnitude quake.

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