By Ananiya, Grade 5, Dover Campus, and Manish, UWCSEA parent
It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, that man finds his supreme joys, and Ananiya (Annie) found hers standing high at an altitude of 5,380m above sea level at Everest Base Camp in the Himalayas at the young age of 9.
This journey started almost two years ago in January 2017. She started running with her father and within one month, completed her first 5km run in February 2017 at the age of 7. After a few months, she successfully climbed Mount Rinjani crater rim in June 2017. With her achievements, her training became more intense and her eyes were set on Everest Base Camp. She achieved her dream on 7 April 2019 after almost two years of preparation which included running 5km three times a week, a 12km MacRitchie hike every weekend with a 4kg backload and climbing up the stairs to her house on the 23rd floor with her school bag.
Her training and commitment paid off as the hike to Everest base camp did not come anywhere near to the word “challenging” for her. She completed this trek easily in 12 days during which she hiked for more than 130km.
The trek started by flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, which is considered the world’s scariest airport. Thereafter it was nine days trek to Everest Base Camp - hiking, resting and acclimatising to, and in the beautiful mountain villages of Phakding, Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche and Gorakshep. On 7 April 2019, Annie reached Everest Base camp. On 8 April, she started the trek to Kala Patthar at 0300 hrs to catch the sunrise. At 0630 she was welcomed by a close up view of mighty “Mount Everest”, clear skies and rising sun rays falling on snow-capped peaks.
After achieving these heights, she ended her trek on a high note by descending down the more than 60 km trek in three days. This trek not only tested her physical abilities but showed her perseverance and discipline.
Wishing her all the best for her future treks and may she climb higher and higher in all fields of life.
(Left) Ananiya (Annie) and her father holding the UWC Flag high at Everest Base Camp