Youngest girl to climb Everest saw ‘six bodies’
NEW DELHI: The 13-year-old daughter of poor Indian farmers who became the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest said on Wednesday that she “shed joyful tears” at the summit after a grueling climb across difficult terrain and personal fear.
At 3,300 meters, she said she saw “six dead bodies. I was shocked. Oh my god I got some fear. “But she remembered her training and regained her confidence.
“When I reached the top of Everest, very good experience. I feel great and proud, and I shed joyful tears” as sh.e looked around and saw “mighty mountains and morning sunlight,” she said in English, waving her hands expressively as she spoke.
The climb was verified by the China Tibet Mountaineering Association in Lhasa, making Malavath the youngest girl to climb Everest.
Her family are dalits, once known as “untouchables,” at the bottom of India’s ancient caste system.The expedition was sponsored by the Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Residential Educational Institution Society as part of its programme to encourage and help underprivileged students in India.