Gwalior-based Kandarp Sharma and Ritvika successfully reached the base camp situated at an altitude of 5,380 metre in northeast Nepal on Tuesday, according to Thupden Sherpa, general manager of Arun Treks and Expedition, that organised the expedition. The siblings were accompanied by their parents to the base camp, according to Sherpa.
The siblings were accompanied by their parents to the base camp, according to Sherpa. Apart from their individual records of being the youngest boy and girl to trek to the base camp, they have also become the youngest brother and sister to reach the height.
The expedition was undertaken to send a message to the world climbers that Everest trekking route was not damaged by the earthquakes that devastated other parts of the country, said Thupden Sherpa. Sherpa said they would try to get the children’s names in the Guinness Book of World Records and India’s Limca Book of Records for becoming the youngest climbers to reach the base camp.
Last year too, Harshit, another climber from India, had broken the record held by seven-year-old Aaryan Balaji, also an Indian, who reached the Everest base camp in 2012. In 2010, Jordan Romero, a 13 year-old from California became the youngest man to climb Mt. Everest, while in 2014, a 13-year-old girl from Andhra Pradesh named Malavath Poorna became the youngest girl to scale the peak successfully.
The way these children are going, we are hopeful that mountaineering in India has a bright future.