Kaamya Karthikeyan : The Youngest Indian To Climb Mount Everest At 16

Kaamya Karthikeyan started trekking when she was three years old, inspired by her father's love for mountaineering.

May 24, 2024 - 16:09
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Kaamya Karthikeyan : The Youngest Indian To Climb Mount Everest At 16

Kaamya Karthikeyan, aged 16, achieved the title of being the second youngest individual globally to successfully scale Mount Everest (8,849 meters) via the Nepal route. Karthikeyan attends Navy Children's School in Mumbai as a student. On Monday, she and her father, Commander S. Karthikeyan, a navy officer, successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest.

In 2019, Kaamya achieved victory over the renowned Bhrigu Lake (14,100 ft) and completed the Sar Pass (13,850 ft) trek in Himachal Pradesh. Right after her expedition to Mt Mentok Kangri II (20,544 ft), Kaamya rode her bicycle from Leh to Khardung La, which is considered the highest motorable pass in the world. In February 2020, she proceeded to climb Mount Aconcagua, which is among the tallest peaks outside of Asia.

Kaamya is now completely dedicated to completing the 7 Summits Challenge. FirstPost states that her next objective is to scale Mount Vinson Massif in Antarctica in December and become the youngest woman to conquer the highest peaks on all seven continents.

Surprisingly, the teenager has already conquered six peaks in the challenge as well as the journey to Everest. In 2021, she was awarded the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar and also featured on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popular radio program, Mann ki Baat.

The Western Naval Command, Indian Navy, stated on X that “Kaamya Karthikeyan, a 16-year-old, class XII student of Navy Children School, Mumbai, and her father, Cdr S Karthikeyan of the Indian Navy successfully summited Mt. Everest (8849 M) on 20th 

Moreover, the Indian Navy posted an appreciation message on X. They congratulated her on her “immense courage & fortitude” and wished her the best of luck in her quest to ascend the highest peaks on all seven continents.

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