What do you think, is the right age to start climbing mountains? 9-year-old, Advait Bhartia proves that age is just a number and any age is good to start following your passion.
Bhartiya recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. Mount Kilimanjaro that stands at a height of 4,900 from its base and 5,895 meters above sea level is the highest peak in Africa.
But this did not come easy to Advait. He reached the peak of Kilimanjaro on July 31, 2019, after trekking for 7 days. For this dream of his to come true, Advait went through vigorous training process for two months.
His training included a stringent routine, swimming for an hour, playing football, cricket and tennis for cardiovascular training were part of Advait’s daily routine. That is not all, Parkour and climbing 100 floors was a part of this training as well.
Advait completed the trek under the supervision of his expedition leader, Samir Patham. This is not the first time, Advait has achieved something of this level. At the mere age of 6, this wonder boy from Pune climbed the Mount Everest Base camp and left everybody shocked.
Advait who now has his eye on the peak of Mount Elbrus, Europe was also accompanied by his mother, Payal Bhartia on this trek. However, she had to cut the journey short at 1,000 ft as she was not able to acclimatise to the extreme climate.
Advait told PTI, “This trek was really difficult but fun at the same time. When I was summitting (sic) the Everest Base Camp, we were living in wooden houses but during the Kilimanjaro trek, we stayed in tents and it was a good experience being exposed to snow and the surroundings.”
He added, “I could have completed the trek faster but the mountains were very beautiful and I took a lot of breaks to take in the beauty.”