Caucasus Mountains, Georgia: Dhanshree Mehta, a 9-year-old girl from Surat of Gujarat, has become the youngest to climb Russia’s Mt Elbrus, one of the Seven Highest Peaks in the continent.
She started her climb on 10 June along with her 13-year-old brother Janam and her parents Sarika and Jignesh Mehta, Dhanshree reached the highest peak of Europe on Saturday, as per a report by the quint.
“I am very happy. I can’t express it in words how it feels to be on top of one of the highest mountains. The best part is that my family was with me throughout. The weather was perilous but I didn’t feel unsafe even for a second,” she said in a statement.
Dhanshree, along with the whole family had done an intensive training to enjoy this feat including cardio, climbing techniques and breathing exercises.
Her brother Janam said it was a challenging feat and they did not see sunlight for three days during the climb.
“Our training and preparations really helped. I didn’t know how capable we were until we faced the storms while climbing,” he said.
“At one point, we were stuck so badly that we as parents decided to back out. But the kids were so determined and firm that they wanted to go ahead and complete the task,” said their mother Sarika, a psychologist by profession and the founder of Biking Queens.