Meet the 7-Year-Old Who Just Climbed Mount Kilimanjaro

So, what have you done today?

7-year-old Samanyu Pothuraju scales mount kilimanjaro

If you're a hiking enthusiast, you've probably already heard about the incredible achievements of Sasha DiGiulian, who's quite literally reaching new heights for women as a professional mountain climber. But she's not the only person inspiring people to overcome extreme physical challenges in pursuit of their dreams.

On a rainy day in early April, a boy scaled the Uhuru peak of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the highest peak in Africa, which lies at 5,895 meters above sea level. His name is Samanyu Pothuraju. He's only 7 years old.

"The day was rainy and the road was full of stones," Pothuraju told The Times of India. "I got afraid, I had leg pains, but I took rest and completed it. I like snow a lot and that is the reason I went to Mt. Kilimanjaro. Pawan Kalyan is my favourite hero, my mom promised me that she will make me meet him if I try the world record, now am eagerly waiting to meet him. I will go to Australia peak in next month ending and want to make a record."

The boy, who comes from Hyderabad, a city in southern India, traveled a long way to achieve his goal. He was accompanied by his coach, a fellow mountaineer, a local doctor, and his mother, who said she was very proud of her son for never stopping until he reaches his destination.

It took about five days for the group to make it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. His next stop is an infamous 27-mile trek through Australia's top 10 highest peaks. According to their official website, it takes the average walker about 25 hours to complete the hike. If Pothuraju wants to beat the world record, he'll need to do the whole route in less than the 10 hours that it took pro mountaineer Alyssa Azar. Even if he doesn't, however, he'll be a winner for trying.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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