Arunima Sinha Biography – The never-give-up attitude, passion, and dedication are the qualities of India’s greatest women amputee Arunima Sinha. A mountain climber, sportswoman, and exemplary motivational speaker, Arunima Sinha went through miserable tragedies in her life but never looked back and never gave up to climb each building block of her life.
Arunima Sinha has scaled the most unbelievable mountain peaks in the world through her dedication and determination. She has truly achieved the impossible in her life and has received tremendous appreciation from the citizens. Sinha was also a seven times national volleyball player from the Uttar Pradesh state team.
Arunima Sinha Biography | Arunima Sinha’s Inspirational Story
Arunima Sinha was born on 20th July 1989 at Kadipur Sultanpur district in Uttar Pradesh. Her father was in the Indian Army whereas her mother was a supervisor in the state health department. Arunima’s father died when she was young and her mother took complete responsibility for nurturing her along with her younger brother and elder sister.
Arunima Sinha likes to play football when she was young but was approached by her sports teacher to practice volleyball. He respected the coach’s insistence and joined the volleyball team. She excelled in the sport and represented the state team seven times at the national championship. Sinha wanted to join paramilitary forces and also received a letter from the CISF but then met with a tragic incident that changed her life.
- Age: 32 Years
- Alma Mater: Government Girls School, Lucknow
- Occupation: Motivational Speaker, Mountain Climber, and Sportsperson
Arunima Sinha Early Days
Arunima Sinha excelled in every field she pursued, be it in academics or sports. Her father belonged to the Indian Army and she desperately wanted to join paramilitary forces. After repeated attempts of trials and communication with the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), she was called for an examination in Delhi in 2012. However, she met with a tragic incident on the way that changed her life.
The Train Accident
Arunima Sinha boarded the Padmavati Express Train from Lucknow to Delhi on 12th April 2011 to take a CISF examination. On her way to Delhi, she coincided with a bunch of robbers who called themselves politicians. They snatched Sinha’s gold ornaments and bags and asked for some personal favors in return.
After the denial of Arunima, they pushed her out of the running train and she fell on the track. Unconscious Arunima saw another train coming parallel to the track she was lying on. In an attempt to run away and save herself, the train coming from the opposite direction ran over her feet leaving her completely unconscious.
The localities immediately got aware of the incident and rushed her to the nearest hospital. After getting the whereabouts of the incident, The Indian Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports announced an Rs. 25,000 compensation for Sinha but were severely criticized for their actions and then increased the amount to Rs. 2,50,000.
Arunima Sinha was then moved to treatment at AIIMS Hospital in Delhi where she was provided a prosthetic leg for free with the help of a private company based in Delhi. The Lucknow Police inducted a contradictory statement after which Indian Railways was asked to provide an Rs. 5,00,000 compensation to Arunima.
The Mount Everest Expedition
Planning and Training
In an unprecedented move by Arunima Sinha, she decided to climb Mount Everest peak after getting inspired by former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s words at a talk show. She talked to her mother regarding the same who encouraged her to achieve the impossible. She was the first lady to climb the peak with a prosthetic leg.
Arunima Sinha began her training to scale Everest. She initially excelled at the basic mountaineering course at the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttarkashi. She met India’s first lady Bachendri Pal in 2011 who had also scalped the peak. She was truly inspired by the decision of Sinha and praised her for her determination.
Arunima began to gather the courage to achieve the feat and joined the Tata Steel Adventure to get advanced climbing knowledge. In these difficult times, her brother also encouraged her to climb the peak. In 2012, Arunima Sinha finally went a step ahead in her preparations and climbed the Island Peak which has a 6610 meters altitude.
Sinha also scaled Mount Chaser Sangria before ascending to Everest which was 6.622 meters above sea level. Sinha was accompanied by Susan Mahout who was a USAF instructor. Arunima also received fruitful guidance from her mentor Hendrick Pal who assisted her and guided her through every difficulty she faced.
Arunima Sinha – The Climb
Arunima Sinha achieved her milestone after 17 hours of continual toiling as she reached the peak of the world’s tallest mountain Mount Everest at 10:55 am (IST) on 21st May 2013. She became the first female amputee to scale Mount Everest. After her success, she attributed her success to Shankara Bhagwan and Swami Vivekanda who were her constant inspirations.
Arunima Sinha shocked the world after her commendable achievement. After getting an insight about her expedition, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister announced a reward of Rs. 25 Lakhs that included an Rs. 20 Lakh gift from the state government whereas a cheque of Rs. 5 Lakhs from the ruling Samajwadi Party.
The Antarctic Expedition
Arunima Sinha was highly ambitious in life and wanted to achieve everything she desired of. After scaling Mount Everest, she set a target of climbing the seven tallest peaks on seven continents. By 2014, Sinha was successful in climbing the tallest peaks in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, North America, and South America.
The hurdle in her journey was the tallest peak in Antarctica as it was not suitable for human habitation and had a very low temperature. However, she was determined to achieve the landmark as she successfully climbed Mount Vinson in Antarctica on 4th January 2019 becoming the first woman amputee to achieve the milestone.
Here is the list of mountain peaks that Sinha has scaled in her ambitious career:
- Mount Elbrus, Europe- 5642 m
- Mount Everest, Asia- 8846 m
- Mount Prominence, North America- 4741 m
- Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa- 5859 m
- Mount Vinson, Antarctica- 4569 m
- Mount Kosciuszko, Australia- 2228 m
- Mount Aconcagua, South America- 6959 m
Arunima Sinha Husband
Arunima Sinha married Gaurav Singh on 21st June 2018 at a private ceremony in Lucknow. Gaurav is also a Paralympian who has also played at the national level. The couple shares a beautiful bond and in an interview, Arunima had mentioned that her husband is her greatest inspiration and her pillar of strength.
Arunima Sinha Net Worth
The estimated net worth of Arunima Sinha is believed to be Rs. 10 crores. Sinha has gained a tremendous amount of her income through donations and rewards. She is supported by plenty of organizations but spends all her money on social work and well being of society. She has a couple of assets in her name.
Arunima Sinha Social Work
Arunima Sinha received a lot of financial rewards and donations after achieving her milestones. However, she spends all of it on the well-being of society and arranges awards and seminars for the same. She opened a sports academy after the name of Shaheed Chandra Shekhar Vikhlang and wrote a book namely Born Again on the Mountain.
Arunima Sinha Controversies
- The Lucknow police in its statement had mentioned that Arunima tried to attempt suicide or met with an accident that contradicted her statement. In a surprise move by the court, it decided to sue the police and Indian Railways and awarded Rs. 5 Lakh compensation to Sinha.
- Arunima Sinha and her mother claimed that she is a seven-time national volleyball player. However, an official of the Sports Authority of India claimed that the certificates displayed by her are not factual and it cannot be determined by it that at which level she played the sport.
- Arunima Sinha was denied entry at the Ujjain Mahakal temple following her decent outfit. Arunima took to Twitter and shared the news with the public which sparked controversy among the citizen as they sacked the temple authorities. She was then recalled to the temple to perform a special ritual.
Arunima Sinha Records
- World’s first female amputee to climb Mount Everest.
- World’s first female amputee to scale Mount Vinson.
- First female amputee and mountain climber to climb all seven tallest peaks in seven continents.
- Limca Book of Record entry of the world’s most successful female mountain climber.
Arunima Sinha Awards & Achievements
- Padma Shri 2015
- Aspire Young Achiever Award 2015
- Salaam India Gallantry Award 2013
- Yash Bharti Award by Uttar Pradesh Government 2015
- Tenzin Norgay National Adventure Award 2016
Arunima Sinha Facts
- Arunima likes cricketer Yuvraj Singh and Boxer Mary Kom.
- Her favorite mountaineer is Bachendri Pal.
- She closely followed former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
- She admires Chandra Shekhar Azad, Swami Vivekanand.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched her first book in 2015.