Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery of why one climbs and to this 15-year-old it was his bucket list goals that he had wanted to accomplish.
Yashodev Yash Ganasan conquered Mount Kilimanjaro, and likely holds the title of the youngest Malaysian to reach the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain located in Tanzania, Africa, and is about 5,895 meters (19,340 feet) tall.
Yashodev has already been involved in some extreme sports, such as canoeing and cave exploration. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro was the latest goal on his checklist. New Straits Times reported that Yashodev came up with his own decision to take the challenge of climbing the mountain when his parents asked him if he wanted to do it.
To prepare for the unpredictable climate shift, climbers are given two days to adjust to the altitude. To witness the sunrise at dawn the family embarked on a hike along the Lemosho Trail around midnight. Also reported that the family trekked nonstop for eight hours despite the odd temperature which was 28 degrees Celsius.
“We couldn’t believe it. We were up in the clouds,” said his mother, Logeswari Shanmugam, of the moment they reached the top. Meanwhile, the father of the 15-year-old, Ganasan Arumugam said he is hoping that the Malaysian government will recognise his son’s success as an inspiration for other young individuals to pursue their goals.
A very proud moment for Malaysia, good job Yashodev Yash Ganasan.
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