Malavath Poorna the extraordinary mountaineer became the world’s first and youngest tribal woman to scale the four highest mountain peaks in the world. On Friday, she scaled Mt. Aconcagua, the highest mountain peak in the Southern and Western Hemisphere.
Hailing from a poor tribal community, Her parents work as agricultural labourers in Nizamabad, Poorna has already conquered Mt Everest (Asia), Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mt. Elbrus (Europe) and now Mt. Aconcagua (South America).
"My goal is to make the state of Telangana and India proud by becoming the youngest tribal woman in the world to scale the seven tallest mountain peaks across all the seven continents," said Poorna to TOI after the summit of Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina.
Speaking on Friday, after she scaled the peak Poorna said, “I cannot even describe how difficult the climb was. It was much more difficult than Everest, but I resolved to go ahead with the mission. The Swaeroes Ten Commandments taught me not to give up, no matter what the circumstances are.”
"My goal is to make the state of Telangana and India proud by becoming the youngest tribal woman in the world to scale the seven tallest mountain peaks across all the seven continents,"
An ecstatic Poorna further spoke about holding India’s tricolour atop the mountain, and added, “I have so far conquered Mt. Everest (Asia), Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mt. Elbrus (Europe) and Mt. Aconcagua (South America). Now, I set my eyes on scaling the remaining three highest peaks in the remaining three continents on the planet; Mt. Denali (North America), Vinson Massif (Antarctica) and Kosciuszko (Australia)."
Poorna is currently, pursuing an undergraduate course from Telangana Social Welfare Residential Degree College for Women, Kamareddy. After Poorna had first scaled Mt Everest, it was the Bollywood film directed and produced by Rahul Bose ‘Poorna, Courage Has No Limit’ based on her real-life story that had put the spotlight on this young mountaineer's life. She had participated in the 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2015.
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