Raghav Joneja, The Youngest Indian to climb Mount Everest
Raghav Joneja became the youngest Indian to scale the Mount Everest on 21st May, 2013 when he along with his five schoolmates climbed the fifth highest peak in the world.
Climbing at the age of 15 years and seven months Raghav Joneja broke the record set by Nameirakpam Chingkheinganba of Manipur’s, who climed the everest at the age 16 years seven months and 11 days.
The group of boys who climbed with Raghav Joneja is all from Lawrence School, Sanawar. With this Lawrence became the first school in the world to send a team to the highest peak who joined the group from here to the base camp for 21 days to give them moral support.
Apart from Raghav, the below boys also climbed the peak.
- Ajay Sohal – 17
- Prithvi Chahal – 17
- Shubham Kaushik – 16
- Fateh Brar – 16
- Guribadat Singh – 17
While one of their teammate Hakikat Grewal had to draw back from 27600 ft as he faced some problems with his oxygen mask.
All through the process, the team from one of Asia’s extant boarding schools, in Kasuali, became the youngest group and the first school team in the world to reach the top of the 8,848 metres ( 29,029 feet ) mountain range.
The team now is sheltering its aspirations to scale Seven Summits, which is the highest mountains of each of the seven continents, regarded as mountaineering challenge.
“Safety was our major concern. There were some very dangerous passages during the climb. But our sherpas ( local guides ) made sure that everyone reaches the top safely,” said Colonel PS Grewal who accompanied the team till the base camp.
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