Kaamya Karthikeyan, a young mountaineer from Visakhapatnam, summited Mt Stok Kangri, one of the highest peaks in the Himalayas on 7th August 2017. She achieved this feat 3 days before her 10th birthday making her the youngest person in the world to do this. She was accompanied on this trek by her parents who are both mountaineers. At a height of 6,153 metres (20,187 ft), Stok Kangri is considered ideal for only advanced trekkers.
Kaamya Karthikeyan had been introduced to mountaineering at a very early age. She had previously climbed till the Everest base camp at 5,464 metres (18,200 feet) in May, accompanied by her mother, a teacher and a mountaineer herself. Kaamya trekked to the Everest Base camp to meet and wish good luck to an Indian Navy team which was attempting an Everest summit and which also included her father. At a little over 9 years then, she had become the 2nd youngest in the world to do so !
According to a Times of India report, by the time Kaamya was 7 years old, she had already done high altitude Himalayan treks to Har ki dun, Roopkund, Chandrashila, Kedarkantha and so on — all ranging from 11,000 ft to 16,500 ft.
Kaamya wants to attempt Everest summit soon but has to wait as the Nepal government has enforced an age limit of minimum 14 years to be eligible for the summit. She plans to summit Mt Kilimanjaro next.