Rustam Nabiev, a Russian who has had amputated legs, has climbed an 8,163-meter high mountain in the Himalayas. The Nepalese authorities confirmed that the man hit the top of Manaslu on October 2.
Nabiev lost his legs six years ago when a barracks collapsed in Siberia. Doctors saw no choice but to amputate both legs.
The former Russian soldier subsequently turned to mountaineer. On his Instagram page with 1.3 million followers, he regularly shares photos and images of his climbs.
The man is convinced that he has set a new world record with his stunt. According to the Russian, never before would anyone without legs have climbed a mountain more than 8,000 meters.
Nepalese government officials could not confirm this yet. According to a Sherpa who took part in the expedition, Nabiev did everything purely on arm strength. Only in very difficult places did he get help from fellow expedition members.
Last year, Nabiev also conquered Europe’s highest mountain, Mount Elbrus (5,642 meters), near the border between Russia and Georgia.