13-Year-Old Officially Youngest Female to Scale Everest

Everest Base Camp.
Everest Base Camp. –AFP/GETTY

Look out, boys: There’s a new climber in town.

A 13-year-old Indian girl, Malavath Purna, is officially the youngest female to ever climb Mount Everest, according to The Times of India. She completed the feat after 52 days at 6 a.m. Sunday, May 25.

Purna wasn’t alone. She was accompanied up Earth’s highest mountain by 16-year-old classmate Sadhanapalli Anand Kumar. The pair attends the Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Educational Society in Andhra Pradesh.

Purna did have a little training beforehand, however. The teen attended a mountaineering institute in the West bengal town of Darjeeling, but that certainly doesn’t take away from the awesomeness of her Himalayan achievement.

The feat seems even more incredible since it comes on the heels of the deadliest Everest avalanche in history, which occurred in April and killed 13 people.


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