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19-year-old girl scales peaks, selected for expedition to Mount Everest


Meenakshi Upreti,CNN-IBN
Jan 25, 2013 at 10:38am IST

New Delhi: Saachi Soni is only 19 years of age, but has already scaled some of the tallest peaks in India. She has now been chosen for an expedition to Mount Everest by the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling. No hurdle is too high for this teenager as she is all set to scale the world's highest peak.

"It's a great honour. In fact I'll take Ganga water to spread the message to clean the Ganga," Saachi said. While the trek begins only in April 2014, the Delhi University student is leaving no stone unturned.

She climbs five floors carrying 20 kg weight every day, runs for 7 to 8 kms, goes to the gym daily and skips a thousand times and also does Yoga. "She trains for 6 hours every day. We make her do breathing exercises and meditation," her trainer Dipak Saini said.

For the mass communication student from Delhi's Indraprastha College, juggling between studies and the expedition hasn't been an easy task. But her friends think she is doing a fine job of it.

Saachi Soni's streak of adventure began since she was just seven and she has kept going, having scaled four peaks in Garhwal and Sikkim Himalayas including the 21,600 feet high Mt Bandarpunch. "When kids would go out for holidays I'd do these courses," Saachi said.

Saachi, who will be a part of an eight-member group, is looking for sponsorship to support her expedition. Her friends say she is an inspiration for all as no mountain is high enough for this young girl, who they say will surely go places.

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