11-year-old girl completes 'Seven Summits of Indonesia' challenge
The Jakarta Post
Eleven-year-old Khansa Syahlaa has been named the youngest girl to complete the Seven Summits of Indonesia challenge after she successfully scaled the Carstensz Pyramid in Papua, the peak of which reaches 4,884 meters above sea level.
“I’m so happy because Carstensz [Pyramid] is one of the Seven Summits across the world,” Khansa said to kompas.com, adding that she cried with happiness after reflecting on her accomplishment.
The expedition began on July 10 and ended on July 17.
Khansa, who was accompanied by her parents and a team, admitted that there were many challenges during the journey, especially on the descent.
Khansa Syahlaa admitted that there were many challenges during the journey, especially on the descent. (7 SUMMIT INDONESIA via kompas.com/File)
Khansa almost fell down when she jumped from one gap to another.
“When we returned at night, it was raining and we had to get through a waterfall. We were all wet and [my] hands were almost frozen. I was afraid that I would suffer from hypothermia,” she explained.
Prior to the expedition, she trained in wall-climbing, ascending and descending.
Other mountains she has climbed include Semeru in East Java, Latimojong in South Sulawesi, Kerinci in Jambi, Binaiya in Maluku, Rinjani in West Nusa Tenggara and Bukit Raya in Central Kalimantan. (wir/asw)
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