New Delhi: Six teenaged students from the Lawrence School, Sanawar, are on the top of the world. After all, the gang has pulled off an Edmund Henry and Tenzing Norgay kind of feat. Setting a world record of being the first school team to scale Mount Everest in a 56-day-long arduous expedition. The students, all aged between 16 and 17 years, along with their mentors, scaled the highest peak on Earth.
But the ascent was not easy. Their rigorous training started last year with a mountaineering course at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling. And this January, they trekked and hiked to the Khardung-La Pass in Ladakh. But not all were lucky to reach the top. Hakxikat Grewal had to abort his trek mid-way.
While Grewal ran out of luck, Raghav Joneja went on to become the world's youngest Indian to have ever scaled the Everest. At 15 years and seven months, Joneja surpassed the record set by Arjun Vajpei last year.
And now Joneja has his eyes set on new records. "I want to climb all seven peaks of the world," said Joneja.
While the young mountaineers were on their way to set a world record scaling the Everest at 8848 m above sea level, anxious parents waited back home praying for their safety and success. 'Never give in- in letter and spirit'- upholding the school credo, the Sanawar boys hoisted the Tricolour and the school flag on the lofty peak.
Looking at their indomitable spirit, one can only say 'there ain't no mountain high enough, there ain't no valley low enough' for this bunch of enthusiastic trekkers who are set to scale greater heights.