May 21, 2012 10:11:15 pm
A seven year-old boy-son of an Indian Navy officer has become the youngest mountaineer to successfully trek to the Everest Base Camp (EBC) in Nepal at an height of 5,364 meters and scale Mount Kalapattar at 5,554 meter altitude,his father claimed today.
Aaryan Balaji trekked to the Everest Southern Base Camp on May 13 and stayed there for a night in the tents. The boy climbed atop Mount Kalapattar two days later.
“By far,Aryan is the youngest to have achieved this distinction. He not only trekked to the EBC but spent a night there in tents and took up the challenge of climbing Mount Kalapattar a day later,” Balaji’s father Commander Balaji said.
He referred to the available statistics and information from the local mountaineering community in Nepal to claim his son’s achievements.
“As per the records,before Aryan,there was an over eight-year old American boy who completed this trek. Last year,a South African girl,aged 10,had also successfully trekked to the EBC,” he said.
Aryan also carried a tricolour which he unfurled atop the EBC and Mount Kalapattar.
“We ensured that Aryan is acclimatised properly to the cold weather of Nepal and the Himalayas and has the physical strength to take up the trek. Prior to the trek,we spent two months in Nepal and used to take 20-25 km walk thrice a week with him to build his capability,” said Cdr Balaji now posted in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Himself a mountaineering and adventure sport enthusiast,Cdr Balaji had been on many extreme adventures including climbing Mt Everest and skiing to South Pole and North Pole.
Aaryan has acted in various movies and is also the brand ambassador of various products as well.
“He has been chosen to be the icon symbol of the Polio Eradication Drive and has been on the advertisements of the Ministry of Education Publicity Campaigns,” Cdr Balaji said.
Studying in Grade I at Mahatma Gandhi International School at Port Blair,the boy has topped the class in the final ranking.
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