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13-year-old Indian schoolgirl summits Everest: organiser

Published on May 27, 2014 6:46 AM
 
Malavath Poorna, a 13-year-old poor Indian schoolgirl has become the youngest female to summit Mount Everest, following a difficult and dangerous climb from China's Tibetan side, her expedition organiser said on Monday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - A 13-year-old poor Indian schoolgirl has become the youngest female to summit Mount Everest, following a difficult and dangerous climb from China's Tibetan side, her expedition organiser said on Monday.

Malavath Poorna, the daughter of a tribal farm labourer, reached the top of the world's highest peak on Sunday after climbing from the Tibetan side of the mountain, said Mohammed Ansari, technical coordinator for her team.

Poorna and 16-year-old friend S. Anand Kumar, a member of India's lowest Dalit caste, previously known as "untouchables", climbed the mountain with ten Nepalese guides, before hoisting the Indian flag, he said.

"Poorna and Kumar ascended Everest from... the Tibetan side early Sunday morning. They have started their descent and will reach north basecamp in Tibet on Tuesday," Ansari said from India.

 
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