Khatmandu: An eight-year-old girl (8 years 11 Months) and her younger brother, a five-year-old Indian boy (5 years and 10 months) might have set a new record by becoming the youngest climbers to reach the base camp of the world's highest peak, the Mount Everest. The two, Ritvika and Kandarp Sharma, hail from Gwalior. They study in the fourth and first standard respectively at the Little Angels High School.
They successfully reached the base camp situated at an altitude of 5,380 metre in northeast Nepal yesterday, according to Thupden Sherpa, general manager of Arun Treks and Expedition, that organised the expedition.Last year too, Harshit, another climber from India, had reached the base camp at the age of 5 years and 11 months, setting a record.
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, their father Bhupendra Sharma said.
The family might also have become the first to reach the base camp on the 8,848 metre tall Everest.
Bhupendra's wife Mamta and the two children also reached Kalapathar peak situated near the base camp with an altitude of 5,555 metre. All the four reached the Everest base camp and three of them reached Kalapathar, Sherpa told PTI.
Kalapathar is higher than the highest peaks of three continents – Mont Blanc (4,810 m) in Europe, Vinson Massif (4,810 m) in Antarctica, and Puncak Jaya (4,884 m) in Australasia.
The children flew to Lukla on August 2 to embark on the trek.
They have started descending from the base camp and are now heading towards Kathmandu, where they are expected to organise a press meet.
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.
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