6-Year-Old Singaporean Boy Reaches Mt Everest Base Camp, Youngest To Achieve Feat

6-Year-Old Singaporean Boy Treks To Mount Everest Base Camp, Makes It To Singapore Book Of Records

At the age of six, most of us were reading comic books, playing video games and preparing for primary school.

Perhaps some were still being pushed in strollers.

One Singaporean boy, however, recently trekked to the base camp of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, at that same age.

Source: Courtesy of The Brave Tourist

In the process, he became the youngest Singaporean to get that far.

Singaporean boy attempts ultimate Everest challenge

Om Madan Garg, a six-year-old K2 pupil at Canossaville Preschool, was exposed to the outside world from a young age, his proud father Mayur told MS News.

Described as an “enthusiastic, fun-loving chap”, Mayur also said the boy loves the great outdoors and making new friends.

His parents — who run travel-related YouTube channel The Brave Tourist — have envisioned their son to be physically healthy, well-rounded, independent and compassionate.

Source: Courtesy of The Brave Tourist

Thus, despite his tender age, Om decided to embark on the “ultimate challenge”.

Together with his parents, a qualified guide and 2 porters, Om would trek to Mount Everest Base Camp.

Source: Courtesy of The Brave Tourist

Trek involves altitude gain of 2,500m

To the uninitiated, the hike is by no means easy and would be tough for many adults, let alone a child.

Everest Base Camp has an elevation of 5,364 metres (17,598 feet).

The long journey includes flying from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, to a mountain village called Lukla (elevation 2,860m).

Trekkers then must climb to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, with an elevation of 3,440m.

From there, they’ll need to trek to Dingboche — which has an elevation of 4,260m — and finally to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep (5,545m).

That means trekkers would have to walk about 65km and bear an altitude gain of about 2,500m.

Singaporean boy conquers Everest Base Camp in 10 days

Om and his team arrived at Lukla on 28 Sep.

They reached Everest Base Camp on 7 Oct after an arduous 10-day journey.

Besides the distance and altitude gain, Om had to contend with a lack of creature comforts, as well as hot days and cold nights, his father said.

The setbacks also included bad weather and flight cancellations.

Thus, the fact that the boy managed well and completed the trek successfully is no small achievement indeed, and worthy of praise.

Source: Courtesy of The Brave Tourist

His journey was documented on video and is being uploaded to The Brave Tourist. Parts 1 and 2 are already up.

Feat recognised by S’pore Book Of Records

Adding to the satisfaction of completing the challenge, Om’s feat was also recognised by the Singapore Book Of Records.

At the age of 6 years and 6 months, he’s now officially the youngest Singaporean to reach Everest Base Camp.

The previous person who held the title was a Singaporean boy aged 8 years and 11 months who made it to Everest Base Camp in 2019.

Kudos to him for the achievement

Kudos to Om for his well-deserved accolade and hard-won achievement.

Braving Mount Everest at that age takes considerable determination, and is something even adults can be inspired by.

Besides enjoying the plaudits, trekking to Everest Base Camp with his parents would be also an experience he’ll never forget.

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