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17-year-old mountaineer Arjun Vajpai breaks records; the youngest individual in the world to conquer three peaks more than 8,000 meters high

October 10, 2011 Bookmark and Share  

Teenage mountaineer Arjun Vajpai, in yet another example of his courage, grit and, of course, his supreme passion for mountaineering, has become the youngest in the world to scale Mt Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak in the world, located in Nepal. Arjun reached the peak at 10 am IST on October 4, 2011.

The young achiever is currently descending the peak and is expected to be back in New Delhi on Monday (October 10). Essar sponsored Arjun in his latest expedition and looks forward to his arrival.

What makes the feat even more impressive is the fact that it makes Arjun the youngest individual in the world to have scaled three peaks more than 8,000 meters high — Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse and Mt Manaslu.

Conquering the mount
Manaslu is the eighth highest peak in the world, standing at a towering 8,163 meters (26,759 feet). Locally known as Kutang), it is located in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayas in the west-central part of Nepal. Its name, which means "Mountain of the Spirit", comes from the Sanskrit word Manasa, meaning "intellect" or "soul". Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956, by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition.

In his bid to conquer the giant, Arjun started his journey from Kathmandu on September 12, 2011. After reaching base camp on September 21, Arjun and his team faced inclement weather for several days and almost considered heading back.

It was only on October 1 that Arjun was finally able to start his summit push; he reached reach Camp 1 at a height of 5,500 meters. He started for Camp 2 on October 2 at 6 am and reached in the afternoon at 3:30 pm. The next stage was Camp 3 for which he started at 10.30 am on October 3 and reached at 2:30 pm.

Reaching ever higher
As part of its commitment to scaling greater heights, Essar was happy to sponsor Arjun on his expedition to conquer the great peak. Despite having scaled Mt Everest at 16, Arjun refused to rest on his laurels and instead continued on to climb several other peaks including Mt Lhotse and now Mt Manaslu.

Arjun's determination and his will to continue achieving greater feats resonates with Essar's philosophy of never resting on past achievements and pushing oneself to cross new and greater frontiers. Arjun is almost entrepreneurial in his desire to achieve more and at an age when most teenagers are still making the transition to becoming young adults.

Next on his agenda are expeditions to both the North Pole and the South Pole. He also aspires to become the first Indian to scale K2, the second-highest peak in the world.

Pathway to success
Base camp 4,700 meters above sea level
Camp 1 5,500 meters
Camp 2 7,000 meters
Camp 3 7,800 meters
Summit 8,163 meters

Also read: Scaling new heights

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