41 years, Australia
After creating a world record at the age of nine by becoming the youngest in the world to scale Mt Stok Kangri at 20,187 feet last year, Kaamya Karthikeyan scaled Mt Elbrus. This is Europe’s highest mountain at 18,510 feet (5642m) and the 10th most important peak in the world.
While the young mountaineer had previously climbed greater heights like Mt Kilimanjaro — the highest mountain of Africa in October last year — as part of her project ‘SAHAS’ and also reached the Everest Base Camp in Nepal, the expedition to Mt Elbrus held a special challenge for her. “What would make the trek particularly challenging are the severe climate conditions and unpredictability of weather. Temperatures are expected to be anywhere between -5 and -20 degree Celsius and add to that the wind chill factor. Mt Elbrus is infamous for sudden weather changes as well,” said Karthikeyan. Also, Kaamya was undertaking the expedition when it was not quite a favourable trek period since she wanted to do the ski descent.
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