Express press service
GUNTUR: A 22-year-old Saikiran from Chilakaluripet, Palnadu has created a record by becoming the first person to climb a virgin peak in Uttarakhand which rises to 5,260 meters. Always athletic, Saikiran became interested in mountaineering at the age of 18 when he was admitted to a climbing school and was trained to climb the monolithic hill of Bhongir in Bhuvanagiri, Cuddalore and some in Sikkim. . In 2019, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano in Tanzania that reaches a height of 5,895m above sea level, in six days, making him an overnight star.
Coming from a below middle class family, it was not easy for Saikiran to find his footing. “As difficult as it was to train and prepare for the event, fundraising for the Kilimanjaro climb was also a difficult task. My father is a carpenter and there was no way he could pay my travel expenses. At that time, my college helped me and introduced me to sponsors. The fame that Kilimanjaro brought him did not leave him struggling any further for financial assistance. Later, he climbed a mountain that rises 6,000 meters on the Indo-Tibetan border and hoisted an Indian national flag 365 feet for which he received praise from Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.
About his experience of climbing a pristine peak, Saikiran said, “I got the idea when one of my sponsors asked me what my end goal was. I responded by saying Mount Everest. In return, he asked me what’s new in there since several people have climbed it before, which made me research pristine peaks in India. And with the cooperation of GO CLIMB UP company, I started hiking the unclimbed mountain on May 2, 2022. It was a big challenge for me because it tested all my skills and experience.
As he became the first person to climb the unnamed peak on May 11, he was named Mount YSR at his request, he claimed. Stating that his goal is to complete the ascent of all the highest peaks on all seven continents, he added: “It was such a joy to explore something no one had ever done before. It was an amazing experience, and now I’m much more interested in exploring more pristine peaks in India.