Kathmandu: India’s 5 year old ‘Harshit Saumitra’, a Grade I student from New Delhi today set a new world record by becoming the youngest climber to have scaled ‘Kala Patthar (5550 meter) Peak” and Mount Everest base camp.
Making both India and Nepal proud, Harshit completed the mission by placing the Indian Flag on the peak and roaring an emphatic ‘Jai Hind’ on 17th October 2014.
On the momentous occasion Harshit was also felicitated by Prem Lashkery, President, Nepal Bharat Friendship Society, at a specially organized event in the city to celebrate Harshit’s achievement and the milestone occasion.
Harshit gained his passion from his father “Rajeev Saumitra” who himself is a mountaineer and geography teacher. Saumitra has in the past successfully scaled Mt. Everest, Russia’s “Albrus” and Africa’s highest mountain peak Kilimanjaro. Having started his training at an early age of 2 and a half years, Harshit has consistently demonstrated the confidence and ability to learn and perform, and to understand the instructions. The ability to undertake long practice sessions and the immense patience demonstrated by him at such a tender age, are also amongst the key reason for his achievement.
Speaking at the occasion a highly elated Harshit said; “I am really happy with my achievement. Now I plan to focus on my studies again before getting back to mountaineering in the summer.”
With the view to make the momentous occasion even more momentous, Harshit’s father said, “We are extremely proud of Harshit’s achievement and we would all like to share this happiness with the lesser privileged and kids from the weaker sections of society.”
A gleaming Nitu, Harshit’s mother, a teacher, said: “I am proud of my son’s achievement. This is the best Diwali gift a mother can get. I am thankful to god for keeping my son safe while granting him all the success.”