Kamya Karthikeyan, a 12-year-old student from India, has scaled Aconcagua, the highest peak outside Asia. While reaching this peak, she hoisted the tricolor. The Class-7 student of Mumbai’s Navy Children School had achieved the feat on 1 February 2020 on this peak of 6962 meters. Aconcagua is the highest peak in the Andes Mountains located in Argentina, South America.
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Kamya completed the climb to the 6260 meter high Mentok Kangri II in Ladakh on 24 August 2019. She was the youngest climber to do so.
“Regular involvement in adventure sports along with years of physical and mental preparation helped Kamya to complete the climb under difficult conditions,”said an official associated with the expedition. Kamya’s father S.K. Karthikeyan is a commander in the Indian Navy, while her mother Lavanya is a teacher.
Started tracking at age three:Kamya started climbing the basic track in Lonavala (Pune) when she was 3 years old. When she was 9 years old, she conquered many high peaks of the Himalayas with her parents. These include Roopkund of Uttarakhand. A year later she reached Everest Base Camp (5346 m) in Nepal. Completed the climb to Mount Stoke Kangri (6153 m) of Ladakh in 2019.
Wants to complete Explorers Grand Slam in 2021: Kamya also managed to climb Africa’s highest peak Mount Kilimanjaro (5895 meters), Europe’s highest peak Mount Elbrus (5642 meters) and Australia’s highest peak Mount Kosuzco (2228 meters). She wants to complete the Explorers Grand Slam next year. For this, she will have to conquer the highest peaks of all continents.