Arjun Vajpai becomes the 3rd Youngest Person to Conquer Mt. Everest
by Richa Dhingra, Friday, May 11, 2018
Mahabharata’s Arjun defined valour and virtuosity in heaps and bundles. This Arjun we are talking about here epitomizes strength, guts and determination. Meet Arjun Vajpai- the third youngest person to climb Mount Everest. He is fond of trekking and mountaineering. His fascination led him to conquer his failures and overcome the challenges of life.
The first time I heard of him was due to Hrithik Roshan’s Mountain Dew ad campaign where he portrayed Arjun’s role. Well, there is something phenomenal about his spirit that spells perseverance and passion. Let’s talk about how he conquered this ambition.
Aiming for the Sky
Mission to summit Mount Everest was just the beginning of Arjun's whirlwind journey.After climbing everest in 2011, Arjun became the youngest mountaineer to summit the Lhotse and Manaslu, 4th highest and 8th highest peaks around the world respectively. Arjun bagged the honour of conquering unexplored peaks with another mountaineer. He christened the peak as Mt. Kalam after the late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Arjun’s next aim after such perilous peaks was Mount Malaku which is infamous for its steep pitches and sharp-edged ridges alongwith with twice the danger of Mount Everest.
Taking baby steps to success
The love story between Arjun and Mount Makalu will inspire you no end. Arjun started his journey to the Mount Malaku for the first time in 2013. First time the peak defied him as his team fell short of ropes merely 150 meters off from the mountain. In 2014, on Arjun’s second attempt to summit of peak Mount Makalu, one member from his team died and hence Arjun along with his team had to come back home. During his third attempt in 2015, the Nepal earthquake occurred that made Arjun return, yet again.
Arjun had faced avalanche, death and failure up to three times consecutively. Despite all these hurdles, he conquered the 5th highest peak in the world known as Mount Makalu during his fourth try, in 2016.
Reaching for the sky
Besides trekking on Mount Everest, Mount Manaslu, Mount Lhotse and Mount Makalu; Arjun has also scaled Mount Cho Oyu which is the 6th highest peak across the world which is also termed as the Turquoise Goddess.
After facing pulmonary edema and paralysis due to low oxygen supply, Arjun’s dream did not die. He continued to dream of hitting the 'Grand Slam'. His passion for climbing has now escalated to the great Kanchenjunga which is the third highest mountain peak in the whole world. After having defeated death time and again, will Arjun succeed in his attempt to summit Mt. Kangchenjunga? Let’s wish our superhero climber all the very best for his future endeavours.
How does it feel to be on the highest peak? You feel like sitting on the pinnacle of glory. How does it feel to meet the winners? You get inspired to be one of them and reach your goals. Tell us what you think of the story and Arjun’s mission to accomplish Mount Kanchenjunga next. Some stories inspire while some stories ignite the dormant fire within to make us reach a desired milestone.