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Meet Arjun the youngest Indian to climb Mt Everest…
He created history when he became the youngest Indian to climb Mt. Everest when he was just 16. Two years later, he dreams of climbing the 14 highest mountain peaks in the world. Meet Arjun Vajpal, who shares his experiences on the difficult journey in an exclusive interview…
ON HIS GLORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT: I was in school, when I got the opportunity to climb the highest peak of the world (Mt. Everest). It was a completely unbelievable experience. I had read about people’s experience in various books but to be at the top of the world was completely a mind-blowing experience.
HOW THE EARTH LOOKS FROM THERE: Well, it’s very difficult to describe. You can actually see the Earth bending down 365 degree. It was amazing. The sun rising and going down was altogether a different experience.
PREPARATION FOR CLIMB: I trained really hard to become a mountaineer. I missed out on different fronts, my studies got hampered. But I had to be at the top of the world. So, I enrolled myself in a mountaineering course in Uttarkashi and did an advance course. The course helped me to adapt to the difficult situations.
CHALLENGES AND FEARS: The whole expedition was full of challenges. I started from the southern side. The temperature was -60C and hovered to -70c at times. The higher you go: life becomes all the more difficult. After a certain point the human body starts to deteriorate. While climbing, you have to very careful. One small mistake and you are dead.
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