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May 17, 2020 - Your Story

Meet the mountaineer who accomplished the impossible – a 100 pc vegan ascent of Mount Everest

Meet the mountaineer who accomplished the impossible – a 100 pc vegan ascent of Mount Everest
Kuntal Joisher climbing Mount EverestCredit: Kuntal Joisher

A part-time software engineer, Kuntal is now a well-known name in mountaineering and vegan circles.

In 2018, he summited Mt. Lhotse, the fourth-highest mountain in the world at 8,516 metres, and became the first person to ascend an 8,000 metre mountain on a 100 percent vegan lifestyle. A year later, he repeated the feat on Everest, another first for the vegan community.

After completing his bachelor's in Computer Engineering, Kuntal moved to the US to pursue a master's in Computer Science at the University of Southern California in 2001. It was here that he was introduced to veganism.

“Growing up as a vegetarian, I always believed that animals were sentient and emotional beings and had as much right to live freely and happily as we do. But, when my roommate at the university introduced me to the horrors of the dairy and leather industry, I realised how I was contributing to animal abuse even as a vegetarian.”

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