Mountaineers Receive Grand Welcome After Scaling Africa’s Highest Peak

The conquerors of Kilimanjaro got a rousing welcome at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad on Thursday. - Sakshi Post

Hyderabad: A team of 21-members, who scaled Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania recently, witnessed celebratory scenes at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport on Thursday when the staffers of Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS) and the Telangana Tribal Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TTWREIS) cheered them lustily as they arrived. .

Six girls of the team were students of TSWREIS and TTWREIS, who scaled Africa’s highest peak that stands at 19,341 feet. The team was led by 16-year-old Poorna Malavath, who had become the world’s youngest person to scale Mt. Everest in May 2014.

“All of us have successfully reached the top. I enjoyed leading the team. It was a new experience for me all together,” said Poorna.

The girls began scaling the mountain on August 10 and reached its peak on August 13 when they unfurled the Indian flag.

R.S. Praveen Kumar, secretary of TSWREIS and TTWREIS lauded students and said that adventure sports is introduced to build confidence among children from poor socio-economic backgrounds.

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