Two kids from Gwalior, not even in their teens, have set a record for being the youngest climbers to reach Mount Everest base camp, claim the organisers of the expedition.
Accompanied by their parents, Gwalior-based siblings Kandarp Sharma, 5 years and 10 months, and Ritvika, 8, reached the base camp at an altitude of 5,380 metres on Monday morning, according to the expedition organiser and climbers.
“Along with their individual record of being the youngest boy and girl to trek to the base camp, they are the youngest brother and sister to successfully reach a height of 5,380 metres,” their father, Bhupendra Sharma said.
Kandarp (grade 1) and Ritvika (grade 4) are students of Gwalior's Little Angels High School.
According to Bhupendra, a lawyer by profession, they are also the first family to trek to the base camp and climb the Kalapathar peak (5,550 metres), which 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.
“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 Thukden Sherpa, general manager at Arun Treks and Expedition, the organiser of the trek.
“Ritvika and Kandarp (5 years, 10 months) are the youngest brother-sister duo to complete the trek,” the organisers told Hindustan Times.
The parents said they would try to get the names of the children in the Guinness Book of World Records and India's Limca Book of Records for becoming the youngest climbers to reach the base camp.
In October 2014, Harshit, a student of GD Goenka School of 5 years and 11 months age from New Delhi, had broken the record held by seven-year-old Aaryan Balaji, also an Indian, who reached the Everest base camp in 2012. In 2010, Jordan Romero, a 13 year-old from California became the youngest man to climb Mt. Everest, while in 2014, a 13 year-old girl from Andhra Pradesh named Malavath Poorna became the youngest girl to scale the peak successfully.
(With agency inputs)