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Indian Teen Becomes Youngest Female to Reach Mt. Everest's Summit

Half the Sky Movement

Malavath Poorna, a 13-year-old from India’s lowest Dalit caste that was previously known as “untouchables,” has become the youngest female to climb Mount Everest. Poorna, the daughter of a farm laborer, reportedly reached the 29,029-foot top of the world’s highest peak on Sunday after a grueling 52-day expedition. To make her feat even more impressive, she made the climb from the more difficult Tibetan side. She proudly hoisted the Indian flag alongside her 16-year-old friend S. Anand Kumar.

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  • Kristin Pedemonti

    Wonderful! Hoping her story breaks open barriers. Here's to the Amazing Things Human Beings can do when seen for their Full Potential! :)

  • Tom Maybrier

    Wow, what a story! I admire her bravery. I hope her story spreads, she is a great role model, especially for other girls her age.