Iranian Climber Elnaz Rekabi Is Welcomed by Crowds in Tehran for His Rescues
In June, Elnaz Rekabi was climbing Mount Everest when he fell and broke both of his arms, one of his legs and his ribs.
He was in Iran when he set the world record for the fastest ascent of the peak. Now, he’s back, a hero in Iran.
After a yearlong trek to Everest, Elnaz Rekabi (pictured below) is back to climb the world’s highest peak, as a “celebration of the return to life from the dead.”
He flew to Nepal on Tuesday, where he met with thousands of people who gathered in Tehran for his return. He later said, “I’m a hero and I’ll be able to go back.”
“It takes ten days to climb and that’s a lot of physical training,” he told the crowds gathered in Tehran, according to the Iranian news site Tasnim.
The 22-year-old, who lives in a small village in the western province of Gilan, has been battling cancer for the past year. After he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma last May, he was forced to change his plans and spend months traveling, including climbing in the Himalayas.
In January, he wrote in the Guardian:”I feel like a little child who’s been taken away from home. I’m sick. My body is sick. My family hates me. My friends don’t understand my illness. My colleagues and fellow adventurers don’t understand my illness and my condition. My father keeps silent.”
After returning from a six-month trek up the Everest, he received treatment and made a full recovery. He had been training for the Everest expedition for one year, and the high was a struggle for him.
The trek was also a test, because when you set off on a climb, you have a set destination in mind. But with his injuries, it could be a challenge to go on. It was a struggle for him and he would cry in the tent.
“I will go and climb the world’s highest peak and will do all my best. I would have gone up Mount Everest if I had broken my legs,” he told The National”He is a great mountain climber and he will take a lot of steps