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Meet Kaamya Karthikeyan: The Youngest Indian to Summit Mount Everest at 16

Kaamya conquered the legendary Bhrigu Lake (14,100 ft) and crossed the Sar Pass (13,850) in Himachal Pradesh in 2019.

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Meet Kaamya Karthikeyan

Meet Kaamya Karthikeyan: From the Nepal side, Kaamya Karthikeyan, 16, became the second-youngest person to climb Mount Everest (8,849 metres).

On Monday, Karthikeyan, a student at Mumbai’s Navy Children’s School, reached the summit of Mount Everest with her father, Commander S. Karthikeyan. The Indian Navy celebrated this accomplishment.

According to X, “Kaamya Karthikeyan, a 16-year-old student of Navy Children School, Mumbai, and her father, Cdr S Karthikeyan, successfully summited Mt. Everest (8849 meters).”

Additionally, the Indian Navy posted an appreciation message on X, congratulating her on her “immense courage and fortitude” and wishing her the best of luck.

About Kaamya Karthikeyan

As a child, Kaamya was inspired by her father’s passion for mountaineering to start trekking at the age of three. She now attends Mumbai’s Navy Children School in class 12.

Initially an adventure, she progressed to increasingly difficult climbs in 2016, including Har-ki Dun (13,500 feet), Kedarkantha Peak (13,500 feet) and Roopkund Lake (16,400 feet).

As a 13-year-old, Kaamya became the second-youngest female to hike to Everest Base Camp (17,600 feet) in May 2017.

Kaamya conquered the legendary Bhrigu Lake (14,100 ft) and crossed the Sar Pass (13,850) in Himachal Pradesh in 2019.

 

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Kaamya cycled from Leh to Khardung La, the world’s highest motorable pass, soon after climbing Mt Mentok Kangri II (20,544 ft).

In February 2020, she climbed Mount Aconcagua, one of the highest summits outside of Asia.

Currently committed to the 7 Summits Challenge, Kaamya’s next goal is to climb Antarctica’s Mount Vinson Massif in December and become the youngest female summit climber on all seven continents.

Interestingly, he has already summited six peaks as part of the challenge, in addition to Everest.

In 2021, she received the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar and appeared on Mann ki Baat, the popular radio show hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Her musical training includes Grade 5 piano and Grade 2 guitar at the Trinity School of Music, as well as Bharatanatyam dance and Western and Carnatic vocals.

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