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Arjun Vajpai, a 23-year-old professional mountaineer from Noida, on Tuesday became the youngest in the world to scale the Mount Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain peak in the world at 8,188 metres (26,864 ft) above sea level.

Vajpai reached the summit before dawn along with his two Sherpas after a 7-hour, all-night climb through rocky steps, mixed snow and a long traverse to the top.

“I felt overwhelmed and humbled standing on top of this big and challenging mountain," said the out of breath mountaineer via a Watsapp call. “I summitted at 6.20am IST under very cold conditions along with my two Sherpas Pasang Norbu Sherpa and Lakhpa Sherpa."

This was Vajpai’s second attempt to climb Cho Oyu after he was paralyzed midway in 2012.

Cho Oyu stands on the China-Nepal border about 20km west of Mount Everest and is the westernmost major peak of the Khumbu sub-section of the Mahalangur Himalaya.

He has now climbed five of the 14 highest mountains in the world that tower over 8,000m, including Mt Everest, Mt Manaslu, Mt Makalu and Mt Lhotse. He became one of the youngest Indians to climb Mt Everest in 2010.

Vajpai aims to become the youngest adventurer to climb the 14 highest mountains (all over 8,000m above sea level and located in the Karakoram and Himalayan mountain ranges) and the seven highest summits in the seven continents, creating awareness towards a cleaner ecosystem and sustainable living in the mountains.

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