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7-Year-Old Indian Boy Scales Mt Kilimanjaro, Unfurls Flag At The Peak

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| April 16 , 2018 , 11:01 IST

In an exceptional accomplishment, a 7-year-old kid from Hyderabad has scaled Mount Kilimanjaro, the world's highest free-standing mountain in Africa, media reported on Sunday. Samanyu Pothuraju scaled a height of 5,895 meters above the sea level and spread out the Indian tricolor flag at the Uhuru Peak in Kilimanjaro on April 2.

Samanyu was accompanied by his mother, his coach, a fellow mountaineer, and another woman, all hailing from Hyderabad. A local doctor from Tanzania also went along with them on their point of interest travel.

The group started their journey from the base point on March 29 and it took them 5 days to reach the top.

"It was a rainy day and the road was full of stones. I was afraid and had pain in my legs, but I took rest in between and reached the peak. I like snow a lot and that is the reason I went to Mount Kilimanjaro," Samanyu was quoted as saying by ANI.

He added: "Pawan Kalyan is my favourite hero. My mom promised me that she will make me meet him if I try the world record. Now I am eagerly waiting to meet him. I will go to the Australian peak next month ending and want to make the record. I am studying in class 3 and computer is my favourite subject, I will never neglect my studies because of this."

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His mother, Lavanya, faced difficulties at the mountain owing to the harsh climate following which she had to stop halfway due to her health condition. However, she was extremely happy for her son.

"I am really very happy as my son tried to achieve a world record. Our next target is Australia, 10 peaks in May end and that will also be the record for my son," she told ANI.

Mt. Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano located in Tanzania at a height of 4,900 meters (16,100 ft) from its base to 5,895 meters (19,341 ft) above sea level. 

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The minimum age for climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, set by the National Park Authority of Tanzania, is 10 years of age. Says the organization devoted to climbing the mountain, "There are restrictions to climb Kilimanjaro however, by National Park authority standards the minimum age one is allowed to climb Kilimanjaro is from 10 years. There is no upper age limit on who can climb to Mt Kilimanjaro’s summit as many people in their 70's and 80's regularly take up the challenge and are successful in their ascent." This family has broken the rules. There is no reason to celebrate this.