Suryassangyini Chaudhary, a 6-year-old from the city of Baraut in Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh, has become the youngest person to climb the Kanchenjunga base camp.
Suryassangyini started her adventurous tour with her family on February 27, and hoisted the Indian flag at the 16,300 feet high base camp on March 7.
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Trekkers to the base camp have to seek permission from the gram panchayat of Yuksam village in west Sikkim before they climb. “Ms. Suryassangyini Chaudhary has successfully scaled the Mt. Kanchenjunga Base Camp, Goechala…She being of age 6 years 10 months is the youngest to do so as per official records,” says the certificate issued by the gram panchayat.
Suryassangyini’s father Sandeep Chaudhary, her mother Manisha, and two siblings Vaasangyan (11) and Manassangyini (10) accompanied her during the trek. Sandeep, a chemical engineer and Manisha, a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Delhi University, have been a part of many such adventurous treks in the past. The couple is used to going for challenging expeditions with their children to teach them about the environment and inculcate the love for nature in them. Sandeep feels that education is very theoretical these days and it will not benefit children unless they get the chance to go out and explore; if they are being taught to protect the environment, they should also be shown the way to love it.
“This time it was a bit challenging as we had to face sub-zero temperatures and oxygen deficient environment during six days of our 10-day trek. Besides, it was a 90km trek with 5-6 feet of snow at places. We as elders felt some amount of tiredness on occasions, but not the children. It is certainly an achievement,” he told The Times of India.
The family has gone for many expeditions in the past five years. They had taken Suryassangyini along with them to the 12,500 feet high Pindari glacier when she was only two and a half years old.
Suryassangyini says that she loves challenges. But unlike her brother, who wants to become a mountaineer, she wants to become a politician to serve the country.