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Agra's 14-year-old student Anay Goyal reaches Everest Base Camp

Anay Goyal, a spirited 14-year-old student from Agra, has accomplished a remarkable feat by scaling Everest Base Camp at 17,500 feet.

Joined by a team from The Doon School, Dehradun, Anay's journey was a triumph of his determination, according to his mother Poorti Goyal. Manu Mehrotra and  Dipankar Sirohi led the expedition which exemplified resilience and the pursuit of adventure.

Admirers of Anay have lauded him and his team for an inspiring ascent that transcends physical limits and embodies the spirit of exploration!

“Reaching EBC is a thing I thought I could never do. Fighting through the dusty winds and cold nights, the magnificent view made it all worth it. It brought a yearning sense of accomplishment to me. Seeing the heavenly panorama not only brought serenity but also a sense of realisation about what you could achieve without ever realising it,” says Aanay.

The feat was accomplished on May 29, coinciding with the anniversary of the first successful Everest expedition.

The team left on May 21 and returned on June 4. Team leaders said, “This achievement underscores the significance of adventure and physical fitness at The Doon School, integral to its educational ethos.”

According to past expeditions, the Everest Base Camp trek is no doubt difficult in terms of physical effort, but its primary challenge remains the altitude. Starters can reach the Everest Base Camp with adequate physical and mental preparation, as the trek is generally considered moderately challenging. The 130 km distance can be covered in 12 days averaging around 12 km per day with 6-7 hours of walking. The trek’s safety record is counted as satisfactory with around 30,000 annual trekkers essaying the challenge.

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