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Mumbai teen becomes youngest Indian to scale Mount Everest 



Ms. Kaamya Karthikeyan, A Class XII Student at Navy Children School NCS, Mumbai, Embarked on an Expedition on 03 April 2024 to Summit Mt. Everest.

For mountaineers of all ages, Mount Everest is the holy grail. As we all know, this is one of the most challenging peaks to scale, with the mountain dashing the hopes of many highly skilled and seasoned climbers. However, a 16-year-old teen from Mumbai has achieved the near unthinkable, becoming the youngest Indian to scale the mountain.  

Kaamya Karthikeyan, a Class 12 student at Navy Children School in Mumbai, successfully reached the summit of the world’s highest peak on May 20th, according to an announcement by the Indian Navy on Thursday. 

Kaamya, along with her father, Commander S. Karthikeyan, started their climb on April 3rd. Their journey led them to the 8,849-meter-high summit of Mount Everest. The Western Naval Command celebrated their success on social media, noting that Kaamya is now the second-youngest girl in the world to reach the top of Everest and the youngest Indian to do so from the Nepal side. 

This impressive feat is not Kaamya’s first. She has already climbed the highest peaks on six continents. In 2020, she became the youngest girl in the world to climb Mount Aconcagua, the tallest peak in South America and outside of Asia. 

The Indian Navy praised Kaamya for her great courage and strength. She has shown immense determination in climbing the highest peaks in six of the seven continents. Her father’s support and involvement in these tough climbs have also been inspiring, showing the strong bond and shared passion between them. 

Looking ahead, Kaamya’s next goal is Mount Vinson Massif in Antarctica, which she plans to climb this December. If she succeeds, she will complete the ‘7 Summits challenge’ and become the youngest girl to achieve this incredible goal. 

Kaamya’s story shows the power of determination and the importance of support in reaching one’s dreams. Her journey is an inspiration to young adventurers and dreamers everywhere, proving that with dedication and the right support, even the highest peaks can be conquered.