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Boy aiming to become the youngest to scale Everest

world Updated: May 19, 2010 19:13 IST

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Aiming to become the youngest person to ascent the world's highest peak 8,848 metre high Mt Everest, Arjun Bajpayee, a 17-year-old Indian climber, is reported to be just 2,000 metres short of the summit even as two other Indian climbers have successfully scaled the peak.

Bajpayee along with two Indian women climbers have set up their second high altitude camp at 6,000 metres just below the traditional route South Col and are waiting for a break in the weather to make the final ascent.

Keeping company with the young climber are two women Bhagyashree Sawant and Mamta Sodah, according to the reports from the mountain.

Arjun and Mamta plan to make their summit bid on May 22, while Bhagyashree is yet to schedule her climb.

Giving hot fight to Arjun is a 16-year-old American boy climber, who is making his heroic attempt with his father.

Two Indian climbers Basanta Singh Roy, 47, and Debashish Bishwas, 36, successfully ascended the summit on Monday. They were the first Indians atop Everest this season.

Both the climbers hail from Mumbai have safely descended to the base camp after their summit climb, according to Chunu Shrestha, a staff at Asian Trekking Pvt Ltd, that managed the expedition.