10-year-old skater girl from Mumbai climbs Everest base camp


In a rare feat, 10-year-old skater Rhythm Mamania from Mumbai became one of the youngest Indian mountaineers to climb Everest base camp, a trek she completed in 11 days.

Her parents – Harshal and Urmi – accompanied her on the trek earlier this month.

“Rhythm, a grade 5 student from MET Rishikul Vidyalaya in a suburb of Bandra, reached the Everest base camp at around 1pm on May 6,” her mother Urmi told PTI on Sunday.

Base camp is at 5,364 meters and it took her 11 days to complete the expedition, she said.

Rhythm, a resident of Worli, said, “Skating ring or base camp summit, it’s determination that will get you far.”

“Besides skating, trekking has always been my passion, but this trek has taught me the importance of being a responsible trekker and also solving the problem of mountain waste management,” she added.

Her mother said that Rhythm loved climbing mountains from the age of 5 and her first long trek was 21 km Dudhsagar and since then she has climbed a few peaks in the Sahyadri ranges like Mahuli, Sondai, Karnala and Lohagad.

She added that during the trek to base camp, Rhythm spent 8-9 hours walking on a variety of steep terrain in varying climatic conditions, including lashed hailstones and snowfall, and in temperatures as low as minus 10 degrees Celsius.

The girl along with a group of Kutch trekkers had gone to the base camp with ‘Satori Adventures’, a Nepal-based company.

“After reaching base camp, other members of the group decided to take the helicopter on the way back, but Rhythm insisted she walk down. So four of us decided to descend,” Urmi said.

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