Kaamya Karthikeyan, 16, Becomes Youngest Indian To Summit Mt. Everest

Kaamya, a class 12 student at Navy Children School, Mumbai, and her father Cdr S Karthikeyan successfully summited Mt. Everest (8,849 m) on May 20, according to a statement issued by the Indian Navy.

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16-year-old Kaamya Karthikeyan and her father, Cdr S Karthikeyan of the Indian Navy, conquered Mt. Everest on May 20, 2024.

On May 20, Kaamya Karthikeyan, a class XII student from Mumbai, and her father, Commander S. Karthikeyan of the Indian Navy, completed a remarkable accomplishment when they scaled Mount Everest (8849 M). The news was shared by the official Twitter handle of Western Naval Command. They also added that with this feat Kaamya has became the youngest Indian woman to summit the world's highest peak. Kaamya's successful ascent of Mount Everest was the result of years of tenacity and diligence, aided by the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation.

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Scaling New Heights and Inspiring Generations

Inspired by her father's mountaineering pursuits, Kaamya started trekking at the age of three, according to Kids Chaupal as reported by DNA. Her Himalayan endeavours began in 2015 with a trek to Chandrashila Peak at the age of seven. She also completed a successful expedition to Mount Stok Kangri at the age of nine. Kaamya and her father began their Everest expedition on April 3.

Kaamya has been awarded the prestigious Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Shakti Puraskar, the highest civilian honour for those under the age of 18, in appreciation of her exceptional mountaineering skills, establishing her position as a rising star in the climbing world.

Kaamya's accomplishments extend to setting multiple records, further emphasising her remarkable talents. She holds the distinction of being the youngest woman to conquer peaks exceeding 20,000 feet and is globally renowned as the youngest girl to summit Mount Aconcagua and ski down from the summit of Mount Elbrus.

Recognizing Kaamya's historic ascent of Mount Everest, the Indian Navy extended its heartfelt congratulations. Through a social media post, the Navy celebrates her as the youngest Indian and the second youngest girl globally to summit Everest from the Nepal side. Kaamya has completed six milestones in her mission to summit the highest peak of all seven continents and aims to climb Mt. Vinson Massif in Antarctica this December to become the youngest girl to accomplish the ‘7summits challenge’, the Navy added.

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