All time high
A short trek in the Sahyadri hills when he was 10 started his love affair with the mountains. “It was a life changing experience,” says Arjun Vajpai who is pursuing his bachelors from Indian Institute of Learning in Management at Lodhi Road. “I got addicted to the feeling on being top of the world.” Following the successful trek, he enrolled for a basic mountaineering course at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttrakhand. Vajpai then qualified for the advanced course. After completing the course he scaled DKD2 (Draupadi ka Danda 2).
GIANT LEAP “My trainers identified the potential in me to climb Everest. And I happily agreed to do it.” Last year, he became the youngest Indian to climb Mount Everest and in May 2011, he became the youngest climber ever to summit Lhotse.
THE LESSON Vajpai says he has started respecting the environment and life. “There have been moments when I thought my end was near. But I didn’t let negative thoughts discourage me.” He is set on a career of adventure. “There are 160 virgin mountains in India and I want to explore all of them.”
ARJUN VAJPAI, 17, Mountaineer
“I saw dead bodies on my way to the Everest. You really need to be mentally fit because all this
can be discouraging.”