Our person of the week is Arjun Vajpai from Noida who has recently scaled Mount Makalu – the fifth highest peak in the world, at the age of 22. He has become one of the youngest mountaineers to achieve this feat.
Arjun made it to the top of 8,481 metre high mountain in Nepal on May 23, 2016 at about 11 a.m. He started scaling Mount Makalu on May 20, and reached the peak after three days of climbing.
At the age of sixteen, Arjun had also climbed Mount Everest, becoming the third youngest Indian to scale the highest peak in the world. This was in 2010.
Mount Makalu on the Nepal and China border is considered one of the most dangerous mountains among adventure sportspersons. This was his fourth attempt to scale Mount Makalu. In 2013 and 2014 poor weather conditions stopped him and in 2015, when he was at the base camp a strong earthquake measuring 7.9 shook Nepal forcing Arjun to abandon his plans.