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old who climbed Mount Everest

On May 18, at 5 am IST, 16 year old Nameirakpam Chingkheinganba scaled Mount Everest. This is his story.

Over the course of these past few years, Manipur teenager Nameirakpam Chingkheinganba made it a ritual to wake up at 5 every morning and take a walk that lasted four hours.

Upon his return, a breakfast of canada goose outlet price milk, bananas and honey followed and he would be off to school, then to tuitions and finally back home, where he would study. At the end of each day, he would meditate, reflect on its occurrences canada goose outlet and take rest. And Sundays were dedicated to running for about seven hours.

canada goose clearance In between all of this, he found the time to play the guitar, watch a bit of television and managed to keep within the top 15 in a class of about 55. canada goose clearance

canada goose coats on sale All of canada goose outlet online store this had been in preparation for the one dream he’s had for as long as he remembers to scale Mt Everest, a dream that his father Nameirakpam Tomba also once harboured but gave up for domestic responsibilities. Tomba is now a civil contractor and a pradhan of the Patsoi gram panchayat, canada goose coats on sale

Last year, Chingkheinganba undertook a basic course at the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in canada goose outlet toronto location Uttarkashi and participated in two pre Everest expeditions.

Canada Goose Parka And the faculty at Kanan Devi Memorial School, where he studies, was happy to let him pursue his dream, helping him catch canada goose outlet sale up in any way possible. Canada Goose Parka

On May 18 this year, his efforts finally paid off. As part of the first North East Indian Top of the World Mt Everest Expedition 2013, which the President flagged off on March 20 from Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, Chingkheinganba became the youngest Indian from the North East to have scaled Everest.

Born on October 7, 1996, he was exactly 16 years, seven months and 11 days old when he accomplished the feat, beating a previous record set by Arjun Vajpai of Noida, who reached the summit when he was 16 years, 11 months and 18 days old.

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“Father always wanted to climb Everest, but he never could. There was never enough money. I did it for him,” an ecstatic Chingkheinganba said over the phone from Everest Base Camp.

Tomba, one of the founding members of the Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association, which organised this expedition, is of course over the moon. “I felt as if I had set foot on top of the world,” he told Imphal Free Press in an interview.

Chitra Ahanthem, the paper’s Resident Editor tells me that despite the popular perception that Manipur is highly supportive canada goose outlet in chicago of sporting activities and sportsmen, the prevalent attitude actually isn’t very different from most other states. Chingkheinganba had to switch from a private missionary school in class VIII, because they didn’t appreciate his absence from class in order to undertake expeditions.

canada goose Kanan Devi Memorial School where he a student of Class XI has been an exception. “They’d help me (catch up) if I was out for an expedition, or let me write an exam later,” said Chingkheinganba, adding that he canada goose outlet in new york wouldn’t be able to achieve half of what he has had it not been for their support. canada goose

Then of course there was the MMTA, through which he participated in adventure activities, treks and endurance camps.

uk canada goose outlet “They taught me how to survive in forests, engage in search and rescue missions, understand the mountains and most importantly, helped me understand the value of endurance,” he says. uk canada goose outlet

In the following pages, Nameirakpam Chingkheinganba tells the story of his expedition and just how all that hard work has paid off.

The journey to the top of the world began on February 22 when most of the team members arrived at Imphal and everyone performed a puja at Kangla for the success of the mission.

On February 25, Gurbachan Jagat, His Excellency the Governor of Manipur and I. Hemochandra, Minister Public Health Engineering Department, formally flagged off the first leg of this mission from the historical Palace of Manipur, Kangla Uttra Mamang.

The team left Imphal for Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh on February 26 for a 10 day high altitude meditation programme with high altitude acclimatisation training by the Sports canada goose womens outlet Wing of Brahmakumaris and Mt Abu and 190 Mt Brigade Tawang.

cheap canada goose uk On March 20, President Pranab Mukherjee formally flagged off the expedition from the Yellow Drawing Room of the Rastrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. March 22 cheap canada goose uk

We reached Kathmandu by Indigo Air where our agency warmly received us at Kathmandu airport and took us the Nirvana Garden Resort at Thamel in Kathmandu.

In the evening, we checked our mountaineering equipment, which was stored by our agency.

canada goose store March 25 More divine intervention needed. So we went to Pashupatinath Mandir for a puja. In the evening, canada goose outlet online store review Thupden, manager, Arun Trek and Expedition came to us for a briefing of the expedition. We are supposed to leave for Lukla tomorrow by a chartered flight. canada goose store

March 26

The weather is horrible and the flight is cancelled. We will have to wait another day. (Lukla is the closest airport to the Everest Base Camp or EBC and also one of the most dangerous ones. According to Wikipedia, the runway is just about 460 by 20m; there are no landing aids available and is accident prone.)

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We land safely at Lukla at 8 am and proceed to the Base Camp which canada goose outlet toronto address will be our home for the next few days as we rest and get ourselves acclimatised to the new weather conditions.

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