Indian resident sets Mount Everest record
Raghav Joneja, a 15-year-old Indian citizen, reached new heights recently. According to SmartPlanet, Joneja became the youngest Indian to scale Mount Everest in May 2013, beating the record previously set in 2010.
"I'm at the top of the world," Joneja told the news source. "It's a dream come true."
2013 has been a record-breaking year for numerous Indian residents. Not only did Joneja reach Everest's summit, but the first pair of twin sisters climbed the mountain as well. Additionally, the first female amputee and the youngest team in the world recently conquered Everest.
Many Indian residents pay to climb Everest
Indian adventure sport enthusiasts and some of the people who live outside India and send money to residents back home have been willing to pay for the opportunity to scale Everest. The news source points out that the average Everest trip costs climbers up to $46,000, and numerous Indian residents may consider spending the money necessary to complete the journey to the top of the mountain.
Ang Tshering Sherpa, former head of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, estimates that around 600 people will try to climb Everest this year. Meanwhile, he states that roughly 100 Indians will attempt to scale the mountain, and about 75 of these people will successfully reach the summit.
Indian mountaineer Magan Bissa, who has attempted the Everest climb four times, said the trip can be costly. However, adventure seekers who want the thrill of a lifetime are willing to pay the fees to make the journey up the mountain.
Female amputee sets example
Arunima Sinha, a 26-year-old Indian amputee, made history with her Everest climb. The Wall Street Journal reports that Sinha, who has a prosthetic leg, reached the top of Everest in around 17 hours in May 2013, becoming the first female amputee to enjoy the views from the mountain's summit.
"[Sinha] was definitely slow because of her physical condition. But her mental strength and stamina [were] extraordinary," Dawa Sherpa, general manager of the company that organized Sinha's expedition, told the news source.
Climbing Everest can be exhausting, and Susan Hunt, a 55-year-old sports marketer who once scaled the mountain, acknowledged that Sinha's accomplishment was significant. The trek can be a mental and physical grind, but Sinha and other climbers have been able to make history with their trips.
More mountain climbers from India and other nations may consider Everest expeditions in the near future as well. The mountain is a popular spot for thrill seekers and will continue to provide numerous opportunities to those looking for adventure.