10-year-old girl Rhythm Manania summits Everest base camp

Written by Rishabh Singh.

MUMBAI: A little 10-year-old champion skater from Worli, Rhythm Mamania, has become one of the youngest Indian mountaineers to summit the Everest Base Camp (EBC) in the Himalayan ranges in Nepal.
Rhythm had no coach or formal training, and would practise by running up and down the long flight of steps near Shastri Garden at 5.00am.

Rhythm Mamania is class 5 student

Neither the perils of low oxygen at a height of 5,364m above sea level nor spells of nausea nor blisters on the feet halted the determined mountain goat in her tracks. Around 1.00pm on May 6, the class five student of Met Rishikul Vidyalaya, Bandra, summited the Everest Base Camp (EBC) with her proud parents Urmi and Harshal by her side.Rhythm said, “It was my aim to reach the EBC summit so I did not bother about the cold. I enjoy sports. Yes, the occasional hailstones were a novelty.”

Urmi said, “Rhythm is a national level skater so her thigh muscles are strong. But it is her will and her moral conscience that is worth mentioning. She opted to climb down while others were engaging helicopter rides to descend. She collected all her litter and brought it back to Kathmandu rather than leave it lying in the mountains where it will not decompose for years.”

Rhythm is certainly the youngest

The 11-day expedition was organised by Rishi Bhandari of Satori Adventures, Nepal. He said by phone, “I do not have a complete record of the age and nationality of all those who summit EBC. But most people from India, especially Mumbai and Maharashtra, go through my company, and Rhythm is certainly the youngest in this respect.”

Strength, fitness, energy and enthusiasm

He further added, “I was inspired to see that she did not complain despite being nauseous and tired by the arduous climb. Another elderly breathless trekker had to be airlifted out, but Rhythm was like a soldier who motivated others by her strength, fitness, energy and enthusiasm.”

(Rishabh is student of BA-JMC first year from Maharishi University Of Information Technology, Noida)

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