Indian children made history, become youngest to trek to Everest base camp

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Kathmandu, Aug 11: Two children from India made history by reaching Mount Everest base camp, media reported.

This has been reported at the time when tourists are avoiding to visit Nepal after the devastating earthquake on April 25.

Indians youngest to trek EBC

Accompanied by their parents, five years and 10 months old Kandarp Sharma and eight years and ten months old Ritvika from Gwalior of Madhya Pradesh in India reached the base camp at an altitude of 5,380m on Monday, according to the expedition organiser and climbers, The Himalayan Times reported.

"Along with their individual record of being the youngest boy and girl to trek to the base camp, they are the youngest brother and sister to successfully reach a height of 5,380m," Bhupendra, father of Kandarp and Ritvika was quoted as saying.

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According to Thukden Sherpa who managed the expedition, they also climbed Kalapathar, which is higher than the highest peaks of three continents - Mont Blanc (4,810 m) in Europe, Vison Massif (4,810 m) in Antarctica, and Punack Jaya (4,884 m) in Australia. "The expedition was undertaken to send a message to the world climbers that Everest trekking route was not damaged by the earthquakes that devasted other parts of the country," he added.

In October 2014, Harshit, a student of GD Goenka School, New Delhi, had broken the record held by seven-year-old Aaryan Balaji, also an Indian, who reached base camp in 2012. Harshit made it to EBC when he was just five years and eleven months old.

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