Arjun Vajpai

An Indian Mountaineer, who became the world's youngest mountaineer to summit six peaks over 8,000 meters in the year 2018

Mountaineering prodigy, Arjun Vajpai once held the record for the youngest Indian to climb Mt. Everest in 2010. He achieved this feat at the age of 16! At age 17, on 20th May 2011, he became the youngest person ever to summit Lhotse. For these two successful climbs, he received the Guinness World Records certificate, which states that he is the youngest person to summit the two higher 8000ers mountains — Mt.Everest and Mt. Lhotse.  

His journey to become a professional mountaineer started at the age of 13. He had gone to the Sahyadri Hills in Pune along with his Grandfather and that was the first time he knew exactly what he wanted to do.  

Arjun is also the youngest to summit Mt. Manaslu on 4 October 2011. Arjun, 29, is one of the world’s youngest mountaineers to summit 6 out of the total 14 highest mountains of the world. All these highest mountain rise above a staggering height of 8000 meters and above. He has also attempted to climb Mt.Everest again in 2021 without oxygen and Sherpa support.  

Media across the world has extensively covered all his achievements. He is truly a national treasure who has firmly put India on the global map of mountaineering.  

Arjun aims to become the youngest Indian to summit all 14 peaks. There are less than 50 climbers who have succeeded, and there is no Indian on the list, yet!  

At the age of 17, Arjun authored his first book, ‘On top of the world’ with Penguin Publishers.   

Arjun’s expeditions are eco-friendly and his team has collected around 26 kgs of waste on one of the climbs. He and his group collected all the waste they created during the journey and then disposed it using biodegradable techniques. He is passionate about conserving the environment and always ensures he brings back more waste from the mountains. 

Along with being an ‘adrenaline junkie’, Arjun is an impactful speaker who shares stories from the mountains. An entrepreneur, motivational speaker and areal-life inspiration himself, his real-life experiences motivates people to go out there, chase their dreams and find the Everest in their life. 


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