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At the age of 23, he is the youngest mountaineer in the world to have successfully scaled five 8000+ meter peaks.
Arjun is the third youngest Indian to climb Mt Everest and has achieved this feat at an age of 16 years, 11 months and 18 days. He broke the record set by Krushnaa Patil of Maharashtra who climbed the summit at the age of 19. Arjun Vajpai, Tshering Phinjo Sherpa and Nima Tshering Sherpa started from South Col (Camp IV 7950 m) at 10:24pm on 21 May and they reached the top of Mt. Everest at 06:33am (Kathmandu Time) on 22 May.
On 20 May 2011, he became the youngest climber ever to summit Lhotse, aged 17 years, 11 months and 16 days. He also became the youngest to summit Manaslu on October 4, 2011 at 10 am.
On October 14, 2015 Arjun Vajpai along with mountaineer Bhupesh Kumar created another history. They scaled an unexplored peak, 6,180 metres high, in Himachal's Spiti valley. They have named it Mt. Kalam in memory of late President of India APJ Abdul Kalam.
In his fourth attempt he was able to scale Mt Makalu in 2016. Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world and the sixth most difficult to scale!
Arjun Vajpai becomes the youngest Indian mountaineer to scale Mt Cho Oyu (8200 meters) accompanied with Pasang Norbu Sherpa and Lakpa Sherpa.
“Into my 9th international mountaineering expedition in Nepal, I know very well of the relationship between my back and my backpack. Prior to the actual climb up an 8000 meter peak like Cho Oyu, the 6th highest mountain in the world that I am re-attempting, the long trek to the base camp is what sets the mood of the rest of the expedition. This is where your gear becomes a friend or a foe. In this case, it didn’t take much time for my back to bond well with the Lowe Alpine rucksack. I felt greater breathability across the back area even after an arduous 8-hour trek through rock and moraine at 13,000 feet, enroute to Base Camp
A lunch time study of the backpack revealed that they had a tight mesh that lifts the backpack away from the back and I had a faint feeling of this during the trek because of the easy feeling on my shoulders (something I’ve rarely felt). As an avid trekker and a regular high-altitude mountaineer Lowe Alpine rucksacks have simple side entry point for easy access to all the gear (extremely useful) and a floating lid that allows one to expand the capacity by a whole 10 litres. The design also has something called a ‘spider plate bungee system’ that aids with a variety of storage options for helmets etc. The handsome-looking backpack also has loops to hang the walking poles (not that I use any) and ice axes, which I found a very important and useful feature
Lowe Alpine packs are certainly one of the most trekker-friendly backpacks I’ve carried.”
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