13-year-old Malavath Purna becomes youngest woman to scale Everest

Purna was accompanied by Sadhanapalli Anand Kumar (16), a Class IX student from the Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh.

By: Press Trust of India | Hyderabad | Published:May 25, 2014 3:48 pm
Purna was accompanied by Sadhanapalli Anand Kumar (16), a Class IX student from the Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh, and completed the feat this morning. Purna was accompanied by Sadhanapalli Anand Kumar (16), a Class IX student from the Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh, and completed the feat this morning.

In a historic feat for Indian mountaineering, 13-year-old Malavath Purna today became the youngest female climber to scale the Mount Everest.

Purna was accompanied by Sadhanapalli Anand Kumar (16), a Class IX student from the Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh, and completed the feat this morning.

Anand and Purna are both students of Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Educational Society.

“They climbed Everest at 6 am today after a 52-day long expedition,” he said.

“Purna created a record by becoming by youngest girl to climb the Everest,” he said.

The duo were selected among about 150 children who were initially chosen for adventure sports as part of the society’s initiative to promote excellence in the students of the society, he said.

Twenty of them were sent to a prestigious mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling for training and nine among them weresent on expedition to Indo-China border earlier.

The two students with a higher degree of toughness and endurance were sent to the Everest Expedition in April, he said.

The two students were now returning to the base camp, the official added.

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    Rich
    Sep 21, 2016 at 2:49 pm
    It is amazing to hear of young people achieving such levels. Obviously competent enough. I am sad that Kkghose thought it irresponsible of the parents. History has shown us what young people can achieve e.g. David Farjoined the US Navy in 1810 aged 9, and commanded his first ship aged just 11 years! It could be sadi parents are irresponsible for holding such competence back with the usual ploy of 'Its not safe...'. Many young people get killed on the roads and skys, - but no-one says its irresponsible to let them walk, travel by car, coach, planes. etc. Competence should determine whether they go on such an expeditions - not the fear and power of parents, the law or other adults. Read the story of Laura Dekker of the Netherlands who began to sail around the world solo aged just 15,and the countires she had to avoid that had laws forbidding her to sail under 16. Besides many deaths on Everest have been caused by 'gung ho' irresponsible adults!
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      Rich
      Sep 21, 2016 at 2:52 pm
      Typo - sorry - David Farragut joined the US Navy.
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        Dhaval
        Dec 26, 2015 at 5:50 pm
        Wow Amazing feet ! Congratulations ! :)
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          Kkghose
          May 26, 2014 at 2:48 am
          Excellent work by the two youngsters - but without trying to belittle their achievments I am also surprised that two minors were allowed/encouraged to climb Mt. Everest which had an avalance and a serious accident just a few weeks ago. I think their guardians have acted irresponsibly.
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            Hyd
            May 25, 2014 at 11:09 pm
            Technically, it's Andhra Pradesh and you should also be proud as you are still in AP and nothing was proven in TG yet and worst to come. TG will be formed only after June 2nd. :)
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              Telangana
              May 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm
              Say Telangana not ANdhra pradesh :)
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