Kurnool resident Gandham Bhuvan Jai, all of eight years old, has conquered the daunting Mount Elbrus — Europe’s highest summit — on September 18 (Saturday).
He is possibly the youngest person from Andhra Pradesh to climb the 5,642 metre-tall dormant volcano located in southern Russia, consistent with sources.
The son of IAS officer and former Anantapur Collector Gandham Chandrudu, Bhuvan and other members of the expedition team are on their way back to India. Another youth from Dharmavaram, Mukkera Purushottam, had scaled the summit a month ago on August 15.
Climbing Mt. Elbrus exposes the mountaineers to treacherous weather and extreme physical strain. Shankaraiah, a sports coach of Rural Development Trust (RDT) at Anantapur, had trained Bhuvan, studying in school 3rd, while he wont to stay in Anantapur. A mountaineer himself, Mr. Shankaraiah had scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, last year. Later, technical and altitude training were provided at the journey Sports Academy in Gandikota of Kadapa district.
Elbrus may be a fine ascent that needs mountaineering skills, although altitude and unpredictable weather bring a challenging and adventurous trip. Located within the Russian republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, the height rises 18,510 feet from water level . Elbrus has two summits, both of which are dormant volcanic domes. The taller, western summit is 5,642 m (18,510 ft); the eastern summit is 5,621 m (18,442 ft) tall.
The expedition team comprises Mr. Shankaraiah, Naveen Mallesh from Bengaluru, and Anmish Bhupathi Raju Varma from Visakhapatnam, who had climbed Mt. Everest in May this year, and has won gold medals for the country in several kickboxing international championships.
Bhuvan Jai thanked his parents and coaches for the encouragement and said that a lot of more children are able to do such feats if they get the chance .