What comes to your mind when you hear name “Arjun”? Maybe one of your friend’s whose name is arjun, maybe movie karan arjun or most probably arjun from mahabharata. Well, here we are talking about Arjun Vajpai who is facinated by trekking and mountaineering from a very long period. With the help of his passion and hardwork, he become the third youngest Indian to climb Mount Everest.
Reaching to the summit of mount everest was the only start of Arjun Vajpai’s emmazing journey. Since he climbed everest in the year 2011, arjun went to become the youngest mountaineer to climb and reach the summit of Lhotse and the Manaslu which are 4th and 8th highest mountains in the world respectively. Arjun also holds the honour of climbing an unexplored mountainn peak alongwith other mountaineers. He named that peak as Mt. kalam on the name of late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. After climbing and summiting such dangerous peaks, Arjun Vajpai decided to conquer Mount Makalu mt. makalu is notorious for its steep pitches and knife-edged ridges which is considered very dangerous. Mt Makalu also has double the fatality rate of Mount Everest.
Story of Arjun Vajpai climbing Mount Makalu is a must read for mountaineers or people who are trying to get into climbing and mountaineering. Arjun started his journey to summiting Mount Makalu first time in the year 2013, when mountain defied him as he and his team fell from just 150 meters short of peak of Mount Makalu. He and his team made second attempt in year 2014, one of his fellow climbers lost their lives and due to this Arjun had to return back. Thirst attempt was made in 2015, this time Nepal earthquake took place and arjun had to return again. After facinng three continous failure, arjun finally conqurer the fifth highest mountain in the world – mount makalu in year 2016.
Otherthan climbing Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse Mt. Manaslu and Mt. MakaluArjus also has climbed Mount Cho Oyu which is the sixth highest mountyain in the world also known as Turquoise Goddess.
During the journet of Mt. Cho Oyu, Arjun Vajpai had to be evaculated from Camp 2 because he was stuck in a snowstorm with low oxygen supply. He suffered from paralysis along with pulmonary edema. During this expedition, left part of arjun’s body stopped functioning completely.
Even after facing deadly difficulties, his spirit didn’t die hw somehow continued and became the youngest Indian to master the Mt. Cho Oyu in the year 2016. Arjun is now ready to hit the “Grand Slam”, the unstoppable arjun now aiming to conquer third highest peak in the world which is Mount Kangchenjunga. We wish him a very good luck and everyone’s wishes is with him. Let’s cheers to our own mountaineering hero Arjun Vajpai. 🙂