Kuntal Joisher is
an Indian mountain climber. According to VegNews, he is the
first vegan to have climbed Mount Everest.
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. He says regarding his expedition, "it was
important for me to send a message across the world that vegans can do it. I wanted
to debunk every single myth around veganism."
In 2013, when Kuntal Joisher started training seriously for his
attempt to climb Mount Everest, a lot of his compatriots and other climbers
were sceptical. A few vegetarians may have summited the world’s highest
mountain, but no one had ever heard of a vegan attempting, or climbing,
Everest. And, their scepticism was not entirely misplaced. A diet rich in meat
and dairy is especially recommended while climbing Everest, and doctors and
dieticians think that while being vegan won’t stop you from being an elite
athlete (or mountaineer), the rules are slightly different if you are a vegan.
You’ve just got to try that much harder.
But, on May 19 2016, after a
45-day expedition, Joisher, 36, stood atop Everest