The only peaks that stared at them as children were of discrimination and denial of opportunities. But that didn’t let these lose hope children from scaling one of the toughest peaks of the Himalayan range – Mt. Renock.
About 31 young students – 16 girls and 15 boys – from Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions (TSWREI) Society and Telangana Tribal Welfare Residential Educational Institutions (TTWREI) successfully trekked one of the most dangerous peaks of the Himalayan range.
This was the second time in a row that the young children from these institutions achieved such a difficult feat.
Last year, M. Purna and S. Anand of TSWREI Society successfully climbed Mt. Everest, creating a record of being the youngest to scale the mighty mountain. These mountaineers were given rigorous training at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling under the expert guidance of their coaches Shekar Babu and Prem Kumar.
The achievement acquires significance given the social and financial background of the boys. There are young girls hailing from primitive tribes like Chenchus and Kollam who never knew what mountaineering was before they embarked on this glorious adventure. Some of these girls did not even see the district headquarters or any big town in their life and never heard of a train journey.
Their parents are very poor and work as labourers. But with the support and inspiration given by the TSWREI Society and TTWREI Society, they have achieved what most only dream of.
“Their feat shows how these deprived children can excel given an opportunity,” says R.S. Praveen Kumar, secretary, TSWREI.
The adventurous mountaineers expressed their gratitude to Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao, Minister for ST Development, Tourism and Culture, Azmeera Chandulal and officials for their support.