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5 year old Indian boy Harshit Saumitra creates world record; successfully scales Kala Patthar Peak (5550 meter) and Mt. Everest base camp

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5 year old Indian boy Harshit Saumitra creates world record; successfully scales Kala Patthar Peak (5550 meter) and Mt. Everest base camp

October 29
19:43 2014

Harshit Saumitra interacting with media in Darbhanga on 21st October
• Kalapather is higher than the highest peaks of three continents – Europe’s ‘Mont Blanc’ (4810 meters), Antarctica ‘Vinson Massif’ (4892 meters) and Australia’s ‘Punack Jaya’ (Carstensz Pyramid – 4884 meters)

• Achievement celebrated by formation of ‘HARSHIT FOUNDATION’ aimed at supporting financially weak students, sportsmen and patients

Kathmandu, 29th October 2014: India’s 5-year old ‘Harshit Saumitra’, a Grade 1 student of G.D Goenka, Model Town, New Delhi (India), today set a new world record by becoming the ‘Youngest Climber’ to have scaled ‘Kala Patthar (5550 meter) Peak and Mount Everest base camp. Making both, India and Nepal proud, Harshit completed the mission by placing the Indian Flag on the peak and roaring an emphatic ‘Jai Hind!’ on 17th October 2014.

On the momentous occasion Harshit was also felicitated by Mr Prem Lashkery, President, Nepal-Bharat Freindship Society, at a specially organized event in the city to celebrate Harshit’s achievement and the milestone occasion.

Climbing is in Harshit’s DNA and he gained his passion from his father “Rajeev Saumitra” who himself is world’s renowned mountaineer and famous geography teacher. The founder of “Paramount Coaching Centre,” Rajeev Saumitra has in the past successfully scaled Mt. Everest, Russia’s “Albrus” and Africa’s highest mountain peak “Kilimanjaro.” Having started his training at an early age of 2 and a half years, Harshit has consistently demonstrated the confidence and ability to learn and perform, and to understand the instructions. The ability to undertake long practice sessions and the immense patience demonstrated by him at such a tender age, are also amongst the key reason for his achievement.

Speaking at the occasion a highly elated Harshit said; “I am really happy with my achievement. It would not be possible to have made this achievement without the help and immense support of my parents. Now I plan to focus on my studies again before getting back to mountaineering in the summer.

“India is a great country and I am proud to be its citizen. Jai Hind!” concluded Harshit.

With a view of making the momentous occasion even more momentous, Harshit’s father Mr.Rajeev Saumitra, announced: “We are extremely proud of Harshit’s achievement and we would all like to share this happiness with the lesser privileged and kids from the weaker sections of society. To that effect am happy to announce the formation of ‘Harshit Foundation’ which would focus on supporting students, from these sections, when it comes to Education, Sports and Health. 

“Harshit Foundation’s motto would be “Hope for Education, Health and Happiness” (especially through sports),” added Mr. Saumitra.

Harshit Foundation would be funded by Rajeev Saumitra and will not seek any grant and financial support from government at this point.

A gleaming Mrs. Nitu, Harshit’s mother, a renowned English teacher and co-founder “Paramount Coaching Centre” said: “Am so proud of my son’s achievement and that is the best Diwali gift a mother can get, am thankful to god to keeping my son safe while granting him all the success.

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