Green Power – The first vegan who climbed the Mt. Everest

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A vegan, an animal lover, Kuntal Joisher is the first vegan to climb the Mt. Everest, according to the VegNews. Kuntal Joisher was born into a vegetarian family in Mumbai and, unlike his recent physical achievement, he finished his post-graduation in Computer Science. Joisher, first, came to Nepal in 1984, as a child, and since then, he has been coming to Nepal several times – for photography and climbing, and says he regards Nepal as his “second home”.

Surviving an almost fatal avalanche in 2015, during the 2015 Nepal earthquake, Joisher – on his return to Mumbai – arranged a photo exhibition and donated income he made from it to relief measures in Nepal. Joisher’s 45 days Everest expedition ended in reaching the top of Everest on 19th May 2016.

On returning from the top of the world, Joisher shared his feeling on his Google Plus – “I know I’m late in sharing this news here on G+, but here I go — on May 19th, 2016 morning I summited Mt. Everest, and turned my dream of standing on Top of the World into reality. I had tried climbing Everest twice before – in 2014, and 2015. Both times the climb was canceled due to natural disasters. Post that several people dissuaded me from climbing, and some even said – I don’t have it what it takes. I didn’t listen to them. Instead, I kept the fire inside me burning, trained harder than ever, never gave up on my dream, and finally made it to the top!”

Here are the best Mountaineering photos of Nepal from the bottom to the top of the world, The Mount Everest

Mt. Everest summit ridge as seen from Pumori base camp at sunset. Photo: Kuntal A. Joisher
Mt. Everest summit ridge as seen from Pumori base camp at sunset. Photo: Kuntal A. Joisher
Everest base camp as seen from Pumori Camp 1. Photo: Kuntal A. Joisher
Everest base camp as seen from Pumori Camp 1. Photo: Kuntal A. Joisher
Milky way Galaxy at Everest base camp. Photo: Kuntal A. Joisher
Milky way Galaxy at Everest base camp. Photo: Kuntal A. Joisher
Sherpa mountain guides walking through the Khumbu ice-fall in the night. Photo: Kuntal A. Joisher
Sherpa mountain guides walking through the Khumbu ice-fall in the night. Photo: Kuntal A. Joisher
Climbers crossing a difficult ladder in the Khumbu ice-fall section. Photo: Kuntal A. Joisher
Climbers crossing a difficult ladder in the Khumbu ice-fall section. Photo: Kuntal A. Joisher
Climbers walk past a gigantic crevasse near Camp one. Photo: Kuntal A. Joisher
Climbers walk past a gigantic crevasse near Camp one. Photo: Kuntal A. Joisher
Climber coming face-to-face with Everest and Lhotse in between Camp one and two. Photo: Kuntal A. Joisher
Climber coming face-to-face with Everest and Lhotse in between Camp one and two. Photo: Kuntal A. Joisher
Crossing a steep ice wall between Camp one and two. Photo: Kuntal A. Joisher
Crossing a steep ice wall between Camp one and two. Photo: Kuntal A. Joisher
Looking back at the entrance of Western cwm, Camp one and the expanse of the glacier. Photo: Kuntal A. Joisher
Looking back at the entrance of Western cwm, Camp one and the expanse of the glacier. Photo: Kuntal A. Joisher
Lhotse face and Camp three as seen from a distant vantage point of Camp two. Photo: Kuntal A. Joisher
Lhotse face and Camp three as seen from a distant vantage point of Camp two. Photo: Kuntal A. Joisher
Climbing the steep Lhotse face in wind gusts of 80 km/hour. Photo: Kuntal A. Joisher
Climbing the steep Lhotse face in wind gusts of 80 km/hour. Photo: Kuntal A. Joisher
Climbing from Camp 3 to South col. In the traverse section of the climb. Photo: Mingma Tenji Sherpa
Climbing from Camp 3 to South col. In the traverse section of the climb. Photo: Mingma Tenji Sherpa
About 100 meters below South summit. Photo: Mingma Tenji Sherpa
About 100 meters below South summit. Photo: Mingma Tenji Sherpa
On top of Hillary step. Photo: Mingma Tenji Sherpa
On top of Hillary step. Photo: Mingma Tenji Sherpa
Approaching Mt. Everest summit. About 20 meters away. Photo: Mingma Tenji Sherpa
Approaching Mt. Everest summit. About 20 meters away. Photo: Mingma Tenji Sherpa
The very top of Mt. Everest. The highest point of planet earth. Photo: Mingma Tenji Sherpa
The very top of Mt. Everest. The highest point of planet earth. Photo: Mingma Tenji Sherpa

Know more about Kuntal A. Joisher here.