9-year-old Dhanshree Mehta becomes the youngest girl to climb Mt. Elbrus
Choosing 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' for her motto, nine-year-old Dhanshree Mehta has created history by climbing Mt. Elbrus, one of the seven summits, which are the highest peaks of each continent. The youngest girl to do it, Dhanshree achieved this feat on the 17 June at 1:30, Russian time.
Dhanshree and her 13-year-old brother Janam started the journey on the 10 June 2017 with their parents Sarika Mehta and Jignesh Mehta. The family decided to take up this challenge and trained themselves enough so that they could achieve their goal. The training included cardio, climbing techniques, breathing exercises, and a lot more.
An ecstatic Dhanshree says,
I am very happy. Can’t express it in words how it feels to be on top of one of the highest mountains. We had a wonderful experience. The best part is that my family was with me throughout. The weather was perilous but I didn’t feel unsafe even for a second. I am thankful to my country and my family for supporting me.
Sarika Mehta, the founder of Biking Queens and a psychologist by profession said,
We reached the goal with lot of learning, different experiences, and challenges. Most importantly we as a family together passed all challenges and are now stepping down towards the base camp. The climb was not easy with a heavy storm and weather throwing new challenge at every step. At one point we were stuck so badly that we as parents decided to back out but the kids were so determined and firm that they wanted to go ahead and complete the task.
With this victory, the family has set the bar for others. They are now headed to Moscow as the kids will be awarded by the Russian Ministry and the Indian Embassy.