Arjun Vajpai, 22, who is a resident of Noida is all set to scale world’s sixth highest peak, Cho Yu, this year in September.
According to report in Hindustan Times, City mountaineer Arjun will become the youngest Indian to reach the summit, if he successfully climbs the peak.
Arjun, the third-youngest Indian to climb the Mount Everest, had also scaled Mount Makalu in Nepal, the world’s fifth highest peak, on May 23 this year in his fourth attempt, the newspaper reported.
He told media, that this will be his second attempt to scale the 8,201-metre Cho Yu peak, located at the Nepal-Tibet border in the Himalayas.
“During my last attempt in 2013, I suffered a partial paralysis on the left side of my body and had to be rescued midway to the summit. The terrain is rough and I have been preparing to complete it this time,” he said.
In 2010, at the age of 16, he was on top of Mount Everest and became the third youngest Indian to scale the highest peak in the world.
Arjun told HT, that he has been working hard to become the youngest Indian to scale Cho Yu.
“My last attempt was life threatening. However, I am preparing hard and have been working out for six to seven hours a day. I have also changed my diet as I will have to survive on minimal food and water for 30 to 40 days,” said Arjun.
“After my last attempt, my weight had fallen by seven kg and feet had remained numb for a long time. Now I have recovered completely,” he told the daily.
Arjun further added, “Due to climate change, mountaineers’ schedule has also been affected. The crucial time when mountaineers go for the final push to complete a summit has become unpredictable. I am preparing a campaign to spread awareness about climate change among Indians. It will also promote domestic tourism as there are a number of untouched peaks in our country.”
Arjun has also started preparations for launching a campaign – Climb for Climate – to scale the untouched peaks of India and spread awareness about climate change.
As per reports, his last summit was a ‘no-garbage’ expedition.
I will not leave any garbage behind at Cho Yu either, he told the Hindustan Times.