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A dreamer is the one who dreams to touch the sky. For a mountaineer, climbing Mount Everest, the highest peak of the world is probably the biggest of all dreams. This story is about a girl and her rise from the lowest level of the social ladder to the highest level of the world.

Inspirational Story Of Malavath Poorna, The Youngest Girl On Earth To Climb Mount Everest

Malavath Poorna, a 13 year old girl from Andhra Pradesh, India is the daughter of a poor tribal farm labourer who earns barely $600 annually. Belonging to the lowest caste of the Indian social strata, Poorna had determined to make a mark and be a source of inspiration to other backward people belonging to her community. The so-called ‘untouchable’ Dalit, Poorna dreamt of being a role model for all the poverty-stricken. Backed be tremendous inspiration and support from her parents and her teachers at a local school, Poorna took enrolment into a training program meant for outdoor activities.
While preparing for her Everest climb, she took training in the mountains of Darjeeling and Ladakh.

At the end of the rigorous training sessions, Malavath and another boy of 18 called Anand were the only two selected to tackle Everest because the duo showed “a higher degree of toughness and endurance.”

Malavath Poorna proved that “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination”, as said be Tommy Lasorda. On 25th of May 2014, Sunday at 6 am she along with 16 year old Sadanapalli Anand Kumar, ascended the 29,029 foot peak and created history by becoming the world’s youngest woman to conquer Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. After completing the historic feat, Poorna, whose expedition had been totally funded by Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society, a government-run social welfare organization, could not just wait to hoist the national flag of her motherland.

Three days after she arrived at the Everest base camp on 15th April, 2014 sixteen Sherpa got killed by a deadly avalanche on the Nepalese side. However, this tragedy could not stop Poorna from her summit. Moreover, Poorna’s accomplishment is even more extraordinary since she ascended the peak from the more difficult Tibetan side instead of taking the easier Nepalese side which most climbers attempt. Her ascent has been called a rare achievement by Mingma Sherpa, a Nepalese guide who has climbed all fourteen of the world’s peaks over 8,000 meters.

In the words of Poorna, “Opportunities in life are very rare. I was born and brought up in a rural, tribal community and I was desperately looking for an opportunity to improve my life. I want to become a role model for my community, to encourage more children in my area to challenge themselves and stride forward.”

This confident and self-determined world record holder has indeed proved that winners are ordinary people with extraordinary determination!

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