Mumbai: Twelve-year-old Kaamya Karthikeyan, a class seven student of Navy Children School (NCS) in Mumbai, became the youngest girl in the world to summit Mt Aconcagua, the highest peak of the Andes range in South America, navy officials said on Sunday.
At 6962 metres, Mt. Aconcagua is the highest mountain peak outside Asia.
Karthikeyan summited the mountain peak on February 1 and unfurled the tricolour. The young girl overcame many administrative hurdles and extreme climbing conditions to achieve this rare feat, they said.
Officials in the Navy said she achieved these following years of physical and mental preparation and regular participation in adventure sports.
“Years of physical, mental preparations, regular participation in adventure sports combined with a strong character helped Kaamya in overcoming many hurdles and extreme climbing conditions to achieve this rare feat,” officials said, as quoted by IANS.
As a child, Kaamya had developed a deep passion for mountaineering as she listened to her father’s stories of Himalayan-scaling expeditions. Starting with basic treks in Pune’s Lonavala at the age of three, Kaamya continued on the upswing through the years by scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro (5,895 metres) the highest peak in Africa, Mt; Elbrus (5,642 metres), the highest mountain in Europe and then Australia’s tallest mountain Mt. Kosciuszko (2,228 metres).
By next year (2021), she aims to complete the exclusive ‘Explorers Grand Slam’ – which involves the competitors to climb the tallest mountains in all continents besides skiing on the North Pole and South Pole – that has been achieved by just a handful of dare-devil adventurers on Earth.
(With inputs from agencies)