On Sunday May 25, 13-year-old Malavath Purna from Andhra Pradesh in India made history when she became the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest.
Purna was accompanied by 16-year-old Sadhanapalli Anand Kumar.
The expedition, led by 10 Nepalese guides, took a total of 52 days and was sponsored by Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Educational Society.
As a way to “promote excellence in the students of the society,” 150 students were chosen for adventure sports.
From there, Purna and Kumar were then selected to go to Mount Everest due to their “higher degree of toughness and endurance” than the other students.
They climbed the peak from the Tibetan north side after their plan to climb from the south was abandoned after the April 18 avalanche that killed 16 Sherpa.
Was very happy to read this. Congrats to our youngsters. They make us truly proud http://t.co/BVQYosvl2c
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 25, 2014