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Vajpai wants to climb world's highest peaks

other Updated: May 29, 2010 20:02 IST

After becoming the youngest Indian to scale Mt Everest, Arjun Vajpai now aims to climb highest peaks in all seven continents besides conquering north and south poles.

"My dream is to become world class mountaineer," the 16-year-old schoolboy from Noida said at a felicitation programme here attended by Indian Ambassador Rakesh Sood.

A karate black belt holder, Vajpai got basic lessons on mountaineering from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering.

Vajpai had last week climbed the Mt Everest, the world's highest peak, becoming the youngest Indian to achieve the feat.

"I want to climb the highest peaks in all seven continents and (conquering) two poles--North Pole and South Pole," he said.

"I derived the inspiration to climb mountains from Indian Army's Col Jotsing Dhillon, the three time Everest Summiteer and famous mountaineer from German, Reinhold Mesner, one of the first persons to scale the Everest without oxygen," he said.

The son of an Indian army man, Vajpai says his ambition is to serve in the Indian Army.

"Every person should dream big and work hard to achieve success," the 12th grade student of Ryan International School said.

Addressing the gathering, Sood said this is truly a remarkable achievement.

"When he goes back to India he will get a very warm welcome which he deserves," Sood said.

Vajpai's artist mother Priyanka says she wants her son concentrate on his studies as the board exams are approaching.

Arjun also interacted with a number of Nepalese and Indian students during the programme.

Arjun was also felicitated at a separate function held in Kathmandu to mark the third International Everest Day along with 20th time summiteer Apa Sherpa and other international climbers.

A Summiteer's Summit was also held to promote mountain tourism and to generate awareness on the impacts of global warming.