8-year-old Hyderabad boy climbs Australia’s highest mountain

New Age Desk | Published: 00:00, Dec 24,2018 | Updated: 02:02, Dec 24,2018


After becoming the youngest mountaineer to scale Mount Kilimanjaro last year, Hyderabad boy Samanyu Pothuraju has successfully climbed Australia’s highest mountain Mount Kosciuszko, reports India Today.
Pothuraju, 8, climbed Mount Kosciuszko along with five other members, including his mother and sister, on December 12.
The little boy, who set a world record last year after successfully climbing Africa’s highest peak, has conquered four mountains so far. He is now gearing up to climb Mount Fuji in Japan.
So far, I have climbed four mountains and now gearing up for Mt. Fuji in Japan. I want to be a pilot in future, he said.
Earlier in 2017, Pothuraju claimed the world record after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in 2,281 days, beating USA’s Montanna Kenney who accomplished the task in 2,284 days.
Pothuraju says his mother Lavanya and coach Thammineni Bharath are his biggest inspirations. He was accompanied by his mother and coach when he had climbed Kilimanjaro along with a local doctor, fellow mountaineer Shangabandi Srujana and another woman.
They started the journey on March 29 and it took them approximately five days to reach a height of 5,895 meters above the sea level on April 2.
Sharing his experience while trekking to Kilimanjaro, Pothuraju said, ‘It was a rainy day and the road was full of stones. I was afraid and had pain in my legs, but I took rest in between and reached the peak. I like snow a lot and that is the reason I went to Mt Kilimanjaro.’

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