Poorna Malavath, the youngest girl to conquer Mt.Everest, has added another feather to her cap. She has successfully scaled Europe’s highest peak – Mount Elbrus.
Hailing from a small village in Nizamabad district, Telangana, she is currently pursuing an undergraduate course at TSWR Degree College, Ibrahimpatnam. Her ardent desire is to conquer the seven summits.
“I am determined to scale the seven highest mountain peaks of the seven continents of the world.” – Poorna
She has already ticked off Mount Everest in Asia, Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mount Elbrus from her bucket list.
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Poorna began her trekking on July 24 along with a five member team led by Transcend Adventures Limited. They reached the peak 5,642 metres on July 27 at 10 am IST. Mt Elbrus is the highest peak in Russia too.
Her comrade, 16-year-old Sri Vidya of TSWREI Aleir School also successfully scaled the Mt Elbrus.
“I cannot even describe how difficult the climb was, but I resolved on achieving the impossible against all odds,” Sri Vidya shares. She hails from Nalgonda district and her parents work as daily wage labourers.
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“The Chief Minister has sanctioned 53 welfare residential degree colleges for women and men which no other State in India has done before. He gave wings to our dreams and supporting us in a big way to explore new horizons. If residential degree colleges for women were not sanctioned, hundreds of my sisters would have been married off by now and would have been trapped in a vicious cycle of gender discrimination and poverty,” she says.
Dr RS Praveen Kumar, Secretary, TSWREIS expressed his delight over the remarkable achievements of the young mountaineers. He said,
“Our children may be poor, but they are never poor in energy, enthusiasm and determination.”
Poorna’s fearless attitude to do the unthinkable is a great inspiration for young girls aspiring to make a mark in the mountaineering world.