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12-Year-Old Kaamya Karthikeyan Becomes The Youngest Girl To Scale South America’s Highest Mountain. She’s Such An Inspiration

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When I was 12 years old, the most that I had done in my life, was get hold of the entire tazo collection of pokemon and placed myself in the self-proclaimed position of what my fellow 6th graders called ‘a champion’. Considering it was all amazing back then, being at the top of it felt like I had a one up on all of my peers. However, now that I think back to it, my achievement back in the day was not remotely as cool and inspiring as Kaamya Karthikeyan, the 12-year-old who became the youngest girl to have climbed the south American mountain peak Mount Aconcagua.

Giving all of us a major reality check and showing us what actualising one’s true potential is like, Kaamya Karthikeyan, is a Mumbai girl who is casually going around breaking records like they are no big deal. The mountain that sits at a height of 6962 meters is the highest in South America. Braving the cold terrain, the story of Kaamya is one of determination, hard work and a belief that nothing can hold you back when you’ve set your mind to something.

Talking about her recent achievement, an official said, “Years of physical, mental preparations, regular participation in adventure sports combined with a strong character helped Kaamya in overcoming many hurdles and extreme climbing conditions to achieve this rare feat.” And the fact that she had been training for it from the time we were still learning how to spell mountaineering right, is proof that age is just a number, especially when you’ve conviction.

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Daughter of a naval officer, Kaamya had always been getting groomed and trained for the extraordinary, and her life achievements are a testament to the same. Mount Aconcagua is also not the first feat that the young girl has climbed, for she has been travelling the world, going around climbing the highest peaks in Europe and Africa as well and had previously also summitted Mt. Mentok Kangri II in Ladakh that goes up till 6920 meters.

Having been honed in the art of mountain climbing by both her parents, from the tender age of 3 when her father was posted in Lonavala, Kaamya started her life’s first trek on Duke’s nose and has since then left her footsteps on a number of peaks, including the Everest Base Camp in Nepal (5,346 metres) at just 10 years of age. With her vision clear as ever, her mother shared how, “The Explorer Grand Slam will have her climbing the highest peaks in all seven continents and ski to the north and south poles. The youngest to have completed the challenge is Marin Minamiya, a 20-year-old from Japan,” and we can’t wait to see her break that record.

Braving extreme cold weather, a tricky terrain and the precariously low on oxygen air,  by doing this, Kaamya has shown extreme resilience and immense confidence in being able to do what most people in their adult life can only dream about doing. Talk about being productive! And needless to say, the fact that she is a girl scaling new heights, unfurling the Indian tricolour at such mountain peaks is all the proof we ever need to start believing in the power of women of our country.

More power to little Kaamya for scaling new heights, in the most literal way!

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