Poorna, first youngest Indian girl to climb Mt. Everest!!

India's youngest girl Poorna on top of Mt. Everest. indiatimes.com

India's Malavath Purna,  youngest to climb Mt Everest


   If there is will and firm determination, regardless of age any 
body can take on risky challenges and come out victorious. Our driving forces ought to be confidence and firm belief in our ability to accomplish whatever challenge is thrown at us. Two young teenagers from the states of Telengana and Andhra, by sheer handwork and will-power, achieved success - scaling Mt. Everest, which no teenagers would ever dream of. At that age, they would rather spend their time on the Cricket or Football


grounds or running errands for their families. For them, the risk factor is a road block and it is difficult for them to break the mental barrier set by themselves. Not for Poorna and Anand, to whom  life is all about facing challenges and how best one handles them is very important. That is the reason why they stand apart from others in their pursuit of risky sports adventure.

Young girl mountaineer Poona, India. thehansindia.com

Mt. Everest route taken by Poorna. dailymail.co

Poorna, born at Pakala village, Nizamabad district of Telangana state  of  India on 10 June 2000, is from a tribal family of farm laborers. Her parents Devidas and Lakshmi made their livelihood by working on the nearby farms as farm hands. On 25 May 2014 (Sunday about 6 am), Poorna, aged 13 years and 11 months scaled the highest peak of Mount Everest and became the youngest person/ girl in the world to have reached the summit of Everest. She was accompanied by Sandhana Palli Anand Kumar from Khammam. The trekking on the treacherous mountain was a 52 day ordeal for the youngsters.

Narendra Modi congratulates two youngsters for climbing Mt Everest - YouTube

  One Dr. R. S.  Praveen Kumar spotted and nurtured Poorna's talents when she was a student at the Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society for education. Dr R. S Praveen Kumar, secretary of the society had been looking for talents for his Operation Everest, a challenging  job for him to select  right  candidates for the mountain expedition. Al last, he selected Poorna (student of 9th standard) along with a Dalit boy, Sadhanapalii Anand Kumar 16 years old Class IX student from the Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh for the expedition to Mt. Everest. The poignant fact is though both of them had come from poor families, their will and indomitable spirits were high enough to go after the challenge. Since climbing Mt. Everest is a tough one the participants need through training to face any eventuality or worst situation that may unfold  on the mountain near the snowline. Obviously Poorna was guided to hike rugged mountains of Ladakh and Darjeeling as part of her preparation for climbing Mount Everest.

Young girl Poorna.alchetron.com

As part of the initiative to encourage excellence in the students
 of the society, the two were finally selected. Earlier, twenty students were sent to the world famous mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling, West Bengal for training. Here, she climbed  17000 ft tall  Mount Renock. Finally,  nine among them were sent on expedition to Indo-China border where she  got accustomed to sub-zero temperatures of — 35 degrees Celsius The training period lasted  over eight months.  Seeing her high endurance level, she was sent on the Everest expedition.   Since Poorna and Anand Kumar had all the physical fitness requirements such as tough body, endurance, mental prowess to face stressful situations, etc., they were finally shortlisted for the Mt. Everest expedition. Further, being in their teens, they had developed a passion to undertake the dangerous trekking nobody had tried before.

  Both Poorna and 18-year-old Anand left a picture on the highest peak in memory  of  Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, who himself was a Dalit and who made valid contribution to improve the quality of life for the untouchables of India. Anand belongs to the Dalit community.
During their expedition an unexpected and discouraging  incident  had happened in April 2014 prior to their assault on the tallest peak. For unknown reasons, a horrible, menacing snow  avalanche had swept down and engulfed 16 lives, forcing many climbers to abandon their plans to ascend  Everest, as the slopes along some routes were loose and unstable. In the face of this worst mishap and unpalatable incidence, the two youngsters from South India never showed any sign of needlessness or desperation. On the higher levels the winds were pretty harsh and biting cold. Further Poorna was not happy with packaged food and had to rely on soup. Amidst various difficulties they kept going up hill. These challenges made them   become more resolute and determined to summit Mt. Everest and be on the roof of the world. 

They were well trained by one Shekar Babu, a good mountaineer who himself scaled Mt. Everest in 2007 without any help. It was indeed a great feat on the part of the school students, considering their age and mental maturity. These high school students'  remarkable feat will go down in the history of mountaineering and their ascent on the most dangerous summit is an inspiration to all other youngsters not only in India, but also in other parts of the world.