Teenaged Arjun Bajpayee conquers Mount Everest

Published: Monday, May 31, 2010, 19:32 [IST]

Noida (Uttar Pradesh), May 31 (ANI): Arjun Bajpayee, a resident of Uttar Pradesh's Noida city has become the youngest person to climb the Mount Everest at the age of 16.

After spending two months in Nepal and the strenuous expedition, Arjun returned to an overwhelming reception at his home on Monday.

Later, he went to his school and shared his experiences with his schoolmates.

Bajpayee said that it was his dream to become a world-class mountaineer that prompted him to scale Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world.

"I got inspiration from Colonel Jyot Singh Dhillon. He used to tell me stories of other mountaineers and he also encouraged me. This inspired me to climb the Everest," said Arjun Bajpayee.

Earlier, he had attended two mountaineering courses where the instructors spotted his potential and convinced his father that he is ready for the Herculean task.

Though he faced many problems during the climb, this did not deter his morale.

"The major problem in climbing Mount Everest is of high altitude. And at a certain height, you start getting hypoxic, nauseous, your stomach muscles become weak; you are not able to digest properly. Despite these problems you have to climb. So facing these problems at such a high altitude is really tough," admitted Arjun Bajpayee.

He was a member of the expedition that included world-famous mountaineer Apa Sherpa, a veteran of scaling the mighty Mount Everest 20 times. (ANI)

 

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