13-yr-old Hyderabad boy climbs Mt Kang Yatse, Mt Dzo Jongo; sets new record

By Shgun S -- July 27, 2022 8:44 am -- Updated:July 27, 2022 8:44 am

Hyderabad (Telangana), July 27: Setting a new record globally, a thirteen-year-old Hyderabad boy has climbed two Ladakh mountain ranges - Kang Yatse and Dzo Jongo mountain range located in the Markha Valley.

Vishwanath Karthikey, a student studying in Class IX said, "I started trekking to Kang Yatse and Dzo Jongo on 9th July and ended it on 22nd July. The journey from base camp to the summit, when we reached the crampon point was not so easy. It is because, at higher altitudes, the air pressure decreases. However, I did not give up and the first feeling was a memorable one. I remembered the hard work I had put in to achieve this feat and now it has come true."

"During the summit push, I faced a lot of breathing problems due to a lack of moisture in the air. During the summit push at Dzo Jongo, my mouth got dried, and walking for long stretches made me tired and hungry," he added.

He also highlighted that before this trek, he went through several failures in life and said that he couldn't complete his trek on Mount Rudugaira near Gangotri and Mount Elbrus in Russia. But these unsuccessful attempts were just a blessing in disguise, he further stated.

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Inspired by his sister who is also a fitness freak and enjoys trekking, Karthikey too developed an interest to go trekking. "My first expedition was Mount Rudugaira, where I couldn't even reach the basecamp of the mountain. Later, I went to NIM (Nehru Institute of Mountaineering) for 10 days for training and I failed there also. Again, I got trained for climbing up Mount Elbrus and was unsuccessful. However, with constant practice and proper fitness training, I completed my trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC) in Nepal and Friendship peak in Manali," he said.

He further thanked his mentors, Bharath and Romil for helping and guiding him to complete this trek.

"My coaches Sai Teja, Chaitanya, and Prashant trained me for attaining strength and cardio training," he stated.

"My diet was prepared by my mother which was very nutritious and tasty. It included adequate fats, carbohydrates, vegetables, and vitamins. Now my present goal is to climb Mt. Everest and the 'Seven summits'," he said, adding that his ambition is to join the armed forces.

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