Malavath Poorna, a 13-years and 11-month old girl of Andhra Pradesh on 25 May 2014 became the youngest woman to climb the Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. In this expedition, Poorna was accompanied by Sadhanapalli Anand Kumar, a 16-year old from the same state. Anand became the first Dalit to conquer the tallest peak.
Poorna is from Nizambad district of Andhra Pradesh and Anand is from Khammam district. The two carried photographs of BR Ambedkar and former IAS officer SR Sankaran to the top of the world. Both of them are the students of Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Educational Society.
Poorna and Anand in November 2013 were among a dozen of teenagers to become the youngest group to climb Mount Renock at a height of 17000 feet in Kanchenjunga after initially being denied for the training for being too young. During this expedition, Poorna and Mohan Prasad were the youngest in the team.
Poorna and Anand were selected from the group of students who were sent for training to Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling. These students were a part of the more than 100 students, who were initially chosen for adventure sports as an initiative of the society to promote excellence in the students of the society.
Fourth week of May 2014 is the week that marks the 61st anniversary of the conquest of Mount Everest by New Zealand’s Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay. Hillary and Norgay were the first to climb Mount Everest on 29 May 1953. Since then, more than 4000 people have climbed to the peak till now.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute of Darjeeling
The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is located in North Bengal at an altitude of 2150 meter (6800 feet). It borders with Sikkim in the North and Nepal on the west. The institute was established on 4 November 1954 to promoted mountaineering as an organised sport in India. It regularly conducts Adventure, basic and Advanced Mountaineering comprehensive courses.
When: 25 May 2014