New Delhi: Seven-year-old Aaryan Balaji has added another record to his name by becoming youngest mountaineer to climb Africa's highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro (5895 metres/ 19343 feet).
His young age notwithstanding, he created adventure history by climbing Mt Kilimanjaro on February 25 this year.
Aaryan made the nation proud by unfurling the tricolour at the frontier of adventure activity that challenges the human spirit of courage and survival.
Young Aaryan, the son of an Indian Navy officer, is the youngest ever in the world to have trekked all the way to Africa's highest mountain.
In the process, the seven-year-old defied his age to display his adaptability to the highest standards of physical fitness, mental and moral strength, determination, courage, endurance, a never say die spirit and, above all, perfect teamwork.
Aaryan already has recorded his name in Mount Everest history by trekking all the way to the mountain's Southern Base Camp in Nepal situated at an altitude of 5364 metres in May 2012. He is also the youngest to climb Mt. Kalapattar (5554 mtrs) on May 15, 2012.
Reaching the base camp below Mt. Everest is considered one of the arduous tasks on earth.
The small boy added another achievement to his name when, in March 2012, he became youngest in the world to go for an up to 08 metres maiden undersea dive.
Commander Balaji, father of Aaryan, is also an avid adventurer who has been on many of India's successful expeditions in the last decade, including the one to Mt Everest, South Pole and North Pole.