Kaamya Karthikeyan

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Kaamya Karthikeyan Kaamya Karthikeyan

Birth Date 2008
Birth Place Mumbai, India
Nationality Indian
Education Navy Children School, Mumbai
Occupation Student, Mountaineer
Known For Youngest Indian to summit Mount Everest from the Nepal side
Spouse

Kaamya Karthikeyan (born 2008) is an Indian mountaineer[1] who, at the age of 16, became the youngest Indian and the world's second youngest girl to summit Mount Everest from the Nepal side. She is a student at Navy Children School, Mumbai, and has achieved significant milestones in her mountaineering career, inspired by her father, Commander S. Karthikeyan of the Indian Navy.

Early life and education

Kaamya Karthikeyan was born and raised in Mumbai, India. She developed a passion for mountaineering from an early age, largely influenced by her father’s adventures. Kaamya[2] started trekking at the age of three. She is currently a student in the twelfth grade at Navy Children's School, where she balances her academic pursuits with her mountaineering training and expeditions.

Career

Early Expeditions

Kaamya's mountaineering journey began with a trek to Chandrashila Peak[3] at the age of seven. Her initial expeditions included treks to Har-ki Dun, Kedarkantha Peak, and Roopkund Lake, which she accomplished by 2016.

Notable Ascents

In May 2017, at the age of thirteen, Kaamya trekked to Everest Base Camp, becoming the second youngest girl worldwide to achieve this milestone. In 2019, she conquered Brighu Lake and crossed the Sar Pass in Himachal Pradesh.

Record-Breaking Feat

On February 1, 2020, Kaamya became the youngest girl to summit Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak outside Asia. She further cemented her reputation as an accomplished mountaineer by summiting Mount Everest[4] on May 20, 2024, with her father, Commander S. Karthikeyan.

Personal life

Kaamya's personal life is closely tied to her mountaineering ambitions. Her father, Commander S. Karthikeyan, has been a significant influence and support throughout her climbing career. The father-daughter duo shares a unique bond through their shared passion for mountaineering. Kaamya's family, including her mother, has been supportive of her pursuits, providing the necessary encouragement and motivation.

Awards and achievements

  • Youngest girl to trek to Everest Base Camp at age 13.
  • Youngest Indian to summit Mount Aconcagua.
  • Youngest Indian and the world's second youngest girl to summit Mount Everest from the Nepal side.

Completed treks to challenging peaks such as Har-ki Dun, Kedarkantha, and Roopkund.

Media presence

     

References

External links

Kaamya Karthikeyan at Instagram