A six-year-old girl from Baraut in Baghpat district, Uttar Pradesh, has made history by hoisting the tri-colour at the 16,300-foot-high Kangchenjunga base camp. Suryassangyini Chaudhary, set off from Baghpat with her family on February 27 and achieved the feat on March 7.
According to a certificate issued by the gram panchayat of 07-Yuksam Dubdi village in west Sikkim, where trekkers have to seek permission, Suryassangyini is the youngest person to have trekked this high. The certificate states: “Ms. Suryassangyini Chaudhary has successfully scaled the Mt. Khanchendjonga BaseCamp, Goechala, on this 7th March 2016 at 9:30 a.m. She being of age 6 years 10 months is the youngest to do so as per official records.”
Suryassangyini was accompanied by her father, Sandeep Chaudhary, a chemical engineer from IIT who now works as a consultant, her mother Manisha, a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Delhi University, and her two siblings, Vaasangyan (11), Manassangyini (10).
According to Sandeep, the Chaudharys engage their children in challenging expeditions-involving them in trekking to inculcate love for the environment and to constantly challenge their physical strength. In the last five years, the family has taken up expeditions which includes the 14,000-foot-high Himani Chamunda in Dharmshala. Suryassangyini, was only two-and-a-half-year-old when she trekked up to the 12,500-foot Pindari glacier in 2011.
“This time it was a bit challenging as we had to face sub-zero temperatures and oxygen deficient environment during six days of our 10-day trek. Besides, it was a 90km trek with 5-6 feet of snow at places. We as elders felt some amount of tiredness on occasions, but not the children. It is certainly an achievement,” the proud father told The Times Of India.
Suryassangyini said, “I love to face challenges. Besides, trekking helps me to stay focused and competitive. But like my brother, I do not wish to become a mountaineer. I wish to become a politician and serve my country.”