A nine-year-old girl from Andhra Pradesh has become the youngest girl from Asia and the world’s second youngest to scale Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The mountain is Africa’s highest peak.
Kadapala Rithvika Sri, who hails from Anantapur’s M Agraharam village in Tadimarri mandal, achieved the enviable feat along with her father who has also been his guide. Accompanied by her father, Rithvika climbed to Gilman’s point at 5,681 meters above sea level, media reports said.
Rithwika is a Class 2 student at the St Vincent De Paul English Medium School in Anantapur. Her father, Kadapala Sankar is a cricket coach and sports coordinator in the Special Olympics Bharat wing of Rural Development Trust, Anantapur.
Rithwika’s father Kadapala Sankar had scaled the African peak last year on January 26 and had then wished his daughter would do the same. For the same, he had approached the District Collector Gandham Chandrudu to seek financial help for the expedition. Upon his request, an amount of Rs 2.98 lakh was released from the SC Corporation funds.
Chandrudu also went on to congratulate Ritwika on her success on Twitter.
Congratulations to Ritwika Sree of Ananthapur for becoming the world’s second youngest& Asia’s youngest girl to scale Mt Kilimanjaro. You have grabbed the opportunities despite many odds.Keep inspiring@ysjagan #APGovtSupports#AndhraPradeshCM#PowerofGirlChild pic.twitter.com/Xu8LZw8OVz— Gandham Chandrudu IAS (@ChandruduIAS) February 28, 2021
In order to prepare for the daunting expedition, the 9-year-old took basic training in mountaineering at the Rock Climbing school in Telangana’s Bhongir and also trained for Level 2 in Ladakh. Her father said Rithwika was very proud to represent her nation and held the national flag with pride at the peak.