Chandigarh 07th August, 2019
Total of 7 Girl Students and 2 lady staff members of The Lawrence School, Sanawar, Himachal Pradesh set to embark on historic tour Mount Kilimanjaro, which is Africa’s highest mountain, with the summit located at 5895 meters above sea level. The young girls will set off for the expedition on August 7th, 2019
Chandigarh : Global bicycle major Hero Cycles is co-sponsoring a major mountain expedition of seven young girls who are set to embark on a life changing journey to Africa’s highest mountain peak Mount Kilimanjaro.
Located in Tanzania, East Africa, Kilimanjaro peak is at 5895 metres above sea level and the school girls will attempt to become the youngest climbers to this monumental summit. The girls between ages 15 to 18 years are students of The Lawrence School, Sanawar, Himachal Pradesh.
Hero Cycles will give the seven girls a warm send off from their School on 7th August in Sanawar in a ceremony to be attended by around 700 students.
“We are very proud to support these young girls as they undertake a historic and heroic feat. At Hero Cycles, we believe in encouraging youngsters to undertake tasks they are passionate about to help them reach their true potential in life. For these young girls it will be a life changing experience as they attempt to become the youngest climbers to Africa’s highest mountain. It is also a proud moment for India. We are sure their feat will encourage many more girls to undertake their quests and come out victorious,” said, Mr. Pankaj M Munjal, Chairman and Managing Director, HMC, a Hero Motors Company.
The details of the students are :Ishampreet Kaur (17 Years, Ludhiana), Roshni (19 Years, Delhi), Avanti Aggarwal (15 Years, Solan), Mahika Goel (17 Years Palampur), Ananya Panchhar (17 Years, Delhi), Megan Bhagirat (17 Years, Kullu Manali) and Kashish Pathania (17 Years, Pathankot)
The 11 day expedition will be led by Mr. Ajeet Bajaj while the Group In-charge is Mrs. PriyaDhillon (48yrs). The technical support for this exercise is being provided by Mr. Ajeet Bajaj, alumni of The Lawrence School, Sanawar who is a renowned mountaineer himself and a Padamshree award winner. In May 2018 Mr. Bajaj successfully completed an expedition to the Mount Everest along with his daughter and later in the year successfully scaled the highest peak in Antarctica.
As part of the exercise, 10 to 12 girls were initially selected primarily on the basis of their interest and fitness tests. Finally, the girls who will make the expedition team were shortlisted on the basis of performance and their physical and mental fitness. The Lawrence School, Sanawar has a mandatory trekking and hiking program and the past trekking reports of the girls were taken as reference points for their performance.
The selected girls then underwent rigorous preparatory training starting February 2019. As part of the training they attended 2 camps which were organised in Rishikesh and Ladakh respectively.
Mount Kilimanjaro is the world’s highest free standing mountain and climbing it takes anywhere between 5 to 9 days, depending upon the routes undertaken. The peak of the dormant volcanic mountain stands at a climb of 4,900 metres above its base.