Ellie Chivers Details The World's First Fully Vegan Everest Expedition.
Photo by Eberhard Grossgasteiger
There is a much-espoused myth about veganism that suggests the diet doesn’t support our bodies well enough and doesn’t provide the nutrients we need to be healthy individuals. Well, if anyone can prove that wrong – it’s Kuntal Joshier.
Joshier recently made history by becoming the first person to climb Mount Everest with an 100% vegan kit, right down to his sunscreen and toothpaste.
Joshier isn’t unknown in the world of mountaineering, with his first Everest climb being in 2016. He returned for his second attempt earlier this year, in the wake of founding his own sustainable clothing brand, ‘Save the Duck’, and designing mittens with the help of a local tailor.
His nutrition and food were a key factor in helping Joshier overcome the climb, with fresh cooked meals such a vegan pizza, and the meal replacement Nutrimake being standouts in his diet. Joshier told Great Vegan Athletes: “I sit down with the cooks and make them understand why I am doing this. Once they know my animal rights angle, they are very supportive of it.
“My hope is that the next bunch of vegan climbers go climbing with the same agency they won’t have to face these same problems. They would just have to say, ‘We are vegan’, or ‘We are like Kuntal!’”
Joshier may have made the climb look easy, but it was not without its challenges. Weather conditions were against his group, battling the bitter cold and aggressive winds; Joshier described some as turning into “local tornadoes.”
Not once did Joshier’s vegan ways let him down, however. He told Great Vegan Athletes: “In a way, I'm h