Kandarp and Ritvika are in grade one and four respectively, and they might be the youngest climbers to have reached the base camp of Mount Everest. They have also climbed the Kalapathar peak.
Kandarp and Ritvika Sharma are barely five and eight year old, and they are reaching new heights, literally! The brother sister duo from Gwalior might be the youngest climbers to reach the base camp of Mount Everest.
They successfully climbed to the base camp situated at an altitude of 5,380 metre in north-east Nepal, on Monday.
Their father, Bhupendra Sharma has claimed that these kids have not only become the youngest boy and girl to reach the base camp, but they are also the youngest brother-sister duo to reach the height. According to Thupden Sherpa, general manager of Arun Treks and Expedition, the siblings were accompanied by their parents.
Ritvika is in fourth grade, and Kandarp is a fist grader from Little Angels High School in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.
The family of four reached the base camp together. Later, the kids and their mother, Mamta also reached the Kalapathar peak which is situated near the base camp at an altitude of 5,555 metre.
Reaching Kalapathar is yet another remarkable achievement. The peak is higher than the highest peaks of Europe, Antarctica, and Australia:
- Mont Blanc (4,810 m) in Europe
- Vinson Massif (4,810 m) in Antarctica
- Puncak Jaya (4,884 m) in Australia.
The family is now descending from the base camp to Kathmandu where they are expected to organise a press meet. They had set out on this tough expedition to send a message to the world that in spite of the damage done by the earthquake in Nepal, the trek route is safe.
Kandarp is five years 10 months old. Last year, Harshit, a young climber aged 5 years and 11 months, had set a record by reaching the base camp. The kids’ names will soon be sent to be included in the Guinness Book of World Records and also Limca Book Of Records.