Malavath Poorna, 13, Becomes the Youngest Person to Climb Mount Everest

By on June 8, 2014

A 13-year-old Indian girl, raised in poverty as the daughter of farm workers, has become the youngest person to reach Mount Everest’s summit.

Malavath Poorna, who lives in a small tribal village and learned to climb at her school, completed the dangerous Himalayan mountaineering journey on May 25 at the age of 13 years, 11 months – just one month younger than the previous record-setter, an American boy who made the climb in 2010, the BBC reports.

Her record-breaking climb comes just a month after 16 sherpa guides died in the famed peak’s deadliest avalanche ever.

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