It seems like no peak is too high for Bangalore based 35-year-old Satyarup Siddhanta as the mountaineer from India has just achieved the status of being the youngest to climb all the seven highest peaks and volcanic summits around the world.
In January 2019, Siddhanta reached at the top of 4,285m high volcanic peak Mt Sidley in Antarctica, waved his country’s flag and took a picture to later announce it on Twitter. More to the surprise, he conquered it all with asthma and by going through few of the most incredibly difficult situations one can only imagine being in this situation for the sake of turning his dreams into reality.
By doing this, he has also become the fifth Indian citizen to have climbed all the tallest peaks in each continent and the only one within them to scale ‘Seven Summits’ and ‘Seven Volcanic Summits’ together. Speaking over a satellite phone, Siddhanta expressed his feelings in front of the whole world
“I played the national anthem on the summit and it’s very cold and overcast here. I suspect I have sustained frostbite on my fingers.”
Siddhanta first climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa and after that, every other peak was just a matter of time for him. The list includes Mt Elbrus in Europe, Mt Denali in Alaska, Mt Mont Blanc in France and even the mighty Mt Everest.
While his family is extremely proud of him, Siddhantha’s mother was worried throughout his journey and had even asked his son to not take any risk if going above seemed impossible at any point. But a son like Siddhanta was only there to create history and experience his dream.
“It’s a proud moment for the entire country. I had a word with him before the mission and asked him not to take too much of risk.”
“For the last few days, I was restless and worried. The weather conditions were horrible in the middle of his mission. Even now, I will be worried till he returns safely to the base camp,” she added.
Other Veteran mountaineers like Debasish Biswas, who climbed peaks higher than 8,000m in his tenure, congratulated Siddhanta and even said that “Watching his determined moves, we knew the record was only a matter of time. The short span in which he set foot on all these peaks makes it more special.”
In just seven years and without any major funding, Siddhanta’s success story is yet another classic example of how any dream is possible if you are determined to achieve it. In his case, he has been to the top of the world seven times in a row now.
Siddhanta is also a software engineer by profession.