SINGAPORE: A six-year-old Indian-origin boy has become the youngest Singaporean to have trekked to the Everest Base Camp in Nepal at an altitude of 5,364 metres.
Om Madan Garg trekked for 10 days in October along with his parents, covering an altitude gain of around 2,500m from the village of Lukla at 2,860m to the base at 5,364m, according to the Singapore Book of Records.
Om, a Kindergarten 2 student from Canossaville Preschool, “managed well despite bad weather, flight cancellations, lack of creature comforts, hot days and the cold nights”. The Garg family arrived at Lukla, which is the starting point and also the gateway to the base camp trek onSeptember 28, and reached the base on October 7.
They were accompanied by a qualified guide and two porters. From Lukla, they trekked to Phakding and continued ahead to reach Namche Bazaar — the trade centre in the Everest region. From Namche Bazaar, the trail goes to Tengboche, and then finally the Everest Base Camp at 5,364m.
“I threw my hat in the sky and caught it and we climbed on the top of Mount Everest Base Camp rock and we took a photo. “We flew the Singapore flag,” he told Channel News Asia in an interview. The pre-school student was awarded a certificate from the Singapore Book of Records.
His entire sojourn has been documented in a seven-part series on the family’s YouTube channel, The Brave Tourist. Three-year-old Heyansh Kumar from India is the youngest person to reach the Mount Everest base camp.
Kumar was three years and seven months and 27 days-old when he achieved the milestone.