New Delhi: Thirteen-year-old Aaryan Balaji one of the youngest mountaineers to hold many records including crossing three passes and scaling three peaks in Nepal last year is all set to scale Antarctica's tallest Mt. Vinson and Mt Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America, in December this year.
Balaji's upcoming expedition in Antarctica and South America will add another crown to his credit as the youngest ever in the world to complete seven summit climbs. But it was not an overnight journey for the teen to scale heights at this age.
The base camp for training was set up at 4,500-metre in KyagarTso, near Tso Moriri in the Changtang region of eastern Ladakh. Traversing multitude of passes over 5,000 meters, Balaji reached the gully leading to the eastern shoulder of Spangnak Ri where he underwent training on snow craft and climbing. He reached the Spangnak Ri top (6390m) on August 12.
The son of an Indian Navy officer has already many records stored in his kitty. Balaji claims to hold the world record for being the youngest ever to trek up to Mount Everest base camp, climb Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mt Elbrus in Russia and three highest passes in Nepal and Kang Yatse in Leh.