Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

Strong determination, dedication and effort can help in overcoming different obstacles and achieving dreams. This turned out to be true in the case of a 6-year-old girl hailing from Pune’s Kothrud. Arishka Laddha scripted history by becoming the youngest Indian to scale Mount Everest.

With her zeal and strong determination, Arishka climbed up to the base camp of Mount Everest which is located at a height of more than 17,500 feet.

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She achieved this remarkable feat in an expedition of 15 days with her mother Dimple Laddha. During her expedition, she donned 7-8 layers of clothing to beat the harsh temperature. Arishka with her mother travelled 130 kilometres (from and to) while the outside temperature ranged from minus 3 to minus 17 degrees.

Sharing her delight with Times Now, Arishka said, "I felt happy. It was too cold there. We saw Yak and Mule.”

Further, the young achiever also added, “I want to climb Everest Summit.”

Arishka’s mother Dimple stated that her daughter is undergoing training professionally. “If she reciprocates well then we will plan for Mount Everest Summit. If required I will also prepare for the same,” added Dimple.

Further, briefing about the expedition, Dimple said that it was an impromptu plan and experts instructed her to do so at her own risk as usually children above 12 years of age climb the base camp. However, Arishka had an active lifestyle and both often trekked forts in Pune, she added. 

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Meanwhile, Arishka’s proud father Kaustubh Laddha said, "She has boosted India's pride. We will always be there for her. We were initially concerned because there were difficulties, but she and her mother persisted in climbing."