Surely a great accomplishment for 10-year-old skater Rhythm Mamania from Mumbai as she became one of the youngest Indian mountaineers to climb the Everest base camp. The national-level artistic skater completed the trek in 11 days. Her parents – Harshal and Urmi – accompanied her during the trek earlier this month.The base camp is situated at 5,364 metres and it took 11 days for her to complete the expedition.
Rhythm, a resident of Worli,”Skating ring or base camp summit, it’s the determination that gets you a long way.” “Along with skating, trekking has always been my passion, but this trek taught me how important it is to be a responsible trekker and also solve the mountain waste management problem,”
Her mother said Rhythm loved scaling mountains from the age of five and her first long trek was 21-km Dudhsagar and since then, she has climbed a few peaks in the Sahyadri ranges like Mahuli, Sondai, Karnala and Lohagad.
She added that during the base camp trek Rhythm walked for 8-9 hours at various steep terrain in varying climatic conditions, which included lashing of hailstones and snowfall, and in temperatures as low as minus 10 degrees Celsius.
“After reaching the base camp, other members of the group decided to take the helicopter on the way back, but Rhythm insisted that she would walk down. And hence four of us decided to descend it,” Rhythm’s mother said.