In a remarkable achievement, a 7-year-old boy from Hyderabad, India, has scaled Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in the African continent. Samanyu Pothuraju scaled a height of 5,895 meters above sea level and unfurled the Indian tricolor flag at the Uhuru Peak in Kilimanjaro on April 2.
Pothuraju was accompanied by his mother Lavanya (second name not provided), his coach Thammineni Bharath, a fellow mountaineer Shangabandi Srujana, and a woman, all hailing from Hyderabad. A local doctor from Tanzania also joined them on their landmark journey.
Pothuraju, along with other trekkers, started their journey from the base point March 29. It took them 5 days to reach the top.
"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 Mount Kilimanjaro," Samanyu was quoted as saying by ANI.
He added: "Pawan Kalyan is my favorite hero. My mom promised me that she will make me meet him if I try the world record. Now I am eagerly waiting to meet him. I will go to the Australian peak next month ending and want to make the record. I am studying in class 3 and computer is my favorite subject, I will never neglect my studies because of this."
His mother, Lavanya, faced difficulties at the mountain owing to the harsh climate following which she had to stop halfway due to her health condition. However, she was extremely happy for her son.
"I am really very happy as my son tried to achieve a world record. Our next target is Australia, 10 peaks in May end and that will also be the record for my son," she told ANI.
Here's all about Mt. Kilimanjaro:
Mt. Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano located in Tanzania at a height of 4,900 meters (16,100 ft) from its base to 5,895 meters (19,341 ft) above sea level.
The mountain is the highest peak in the African continent.
Mt Kilimanjaro has three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira.
The first mountaineers to reach the peak were Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller in 1889.
The mountain is a popular climbing destination and is part of the Kilimanjaro National Park.
The mountain summit was also the wedding destination for an American couple who exchanged vows at Shira 2 Camp in September 2014.
Mt Kilimanjaro is also known as the place for the highest-ever cricket match ever played at an elevation of 5,730 meters (18,800 ft)