Beyond hurdles

Tinkesh Kaushik from Carmona has proved the power of mind and will by achieving the feat of becoming the world’s first triple amputee from India to reach the Everest Base Camp, Nepal


‘Hurdles? What’s that?’ That is what Tinkesh Kaushik says whenever he attempts any new challenge.

The fitness coach and motivational speaker recently created a new record by becoming the world’s first triple amputee with 90% locomotor disability from India to reach the Everest Base Camp, Nepal.

Kaushik lost both his lower limbs below the knee and his left upper limb above the shoulder in an electrocution accident when he was nine years old. He started running marathons using the Jaipur foot. His passion for fitness grew and so did his list of feats. With sponsorship, he was able to get advanced prosthetics and went on to win many awards and set several records.

In 2018, he set a record as the first triple amputee to bungee jump in Nepal for which he received a mention in the Limca Book of Records. In 2021, he became the first triple amputee to scuba dive in the open waters of Puducherry.

But this was his recent achievement, he admits, was his toughest and most dangerous feat to date. To prepare, he did endurance training in the gym and carried 15 kg weight around the gym and on the stairs.

“We started the trek on May 4 from Lukla, Nepal. The first day was very painful for me, because of my right amputated leg. In fact, I felt like returning to Goa and getting an MRI done. However, the next day after resting, I changed my mind and decided I will finish this and motivated myself,” shares Kaushik.


Even so, it was still physically challenging. He felt nauseated and suffered acute mountain sickness due to the lack of oxygen on the seventh day of the trek. “The average day trek was around eight to nine hours. Every day we were walking on that terrain altitude and in between we used to take two days to acclimatise at different altitudes and locations,” he says.

Kaushik finished the 80 km and 17,598 ft trek in eight days on May 11, accompanied by his trek leader Lalit Yadav. He was supported in this trek by his mentor and guide Sydenstrica Gautam and his prosthetic limbs were sponsored by Ossur.

“While it is a great achievement for me to have completed this trek, the main reason why I decided to do this was to create awareness about mental health in PwDs and to raise funds for their mental health counselling through my foundation called The Tinkesh Ability Foundation,” he says.

The Tinkesh Ability Foundation was founded in February 2024 with the mission to provide mental health counselling to people with disabilities.

“When anyone suffers from a medical condition or develops any disability, they can go into depression. It takes time for them to come back into society and feel accepted. We all know how society treats persons with disability. Many public spaces still don’t have accessibility, and in some cases, there is trauma and abuse. PwDs don’t have enough resources to get mental health counselling. So we are focusing specifically on that area first,” he shares.

The foundation has 15 counsellors onboard currently. “There is a lot of work left to be done. There aren’t many counsellors who deal with PwDs. Counsellors need to be trained as how to interact with PwDs to counsel them. We are trying to educate counsellors as well,” says Kaushik.

A key focus of the foundation is also making mobility for PwDs easy by providing prosthetic limbs and other gear. Fitness for PwDs is also a priority. “We have a vision of opening inclusive fitness spaces all around India in future where non-disabled and disabled people can train together with all accessibility and accessible machinery,” he shares.

The foundation is closely working with the National Institute in Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bengaluru and will soon start a podcast series in collaboration with the institute.