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Teen mountaineering prodigy to take a crack to Mt Everest

Amgoth Tukaram with Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh M Bhagwat.

Teenage mountaineering prodigy Amgoth Tukaram, who unfurled the largest Indian flag at Mt. Kilimanjaro last year, is all set to take a crack at Mt Everest, that too from the most difficult and least preferred side i.e. the South Col route.

Before embarking on the challenging expedition, the 19-year-old met Commissioner of Police, Rachakonda, Mahesh M Bhagwat. During his interaction, Mahesh Bhagwat said that Rachakonda Commissionerate was proud of him and extended best wishes to the young mountaineer on his expedition.

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Born in Thakkelpally tanda in Rangareddy district, Tukaram began his career in mountaineering by attending an adventure course in Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi. Since then, he continued to conquer great peaks across various continents. He scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa in July, 2018 and Mt. Stoke Kangri, the highest mountain in the Stoke range of Himalayas in July, 2017. Tukaram chose Telangana Formation Day in June, 2016 to conquer Mt. Rudugaira, located in the Rudu valley inside the Garhwal Himalayas.

Everest man Tukaram

Tukaram emerged as the youngest person to complete three mountain expeditions and in 2016 also received the best in ‘Technique’ award from High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) in Jammu and Kashmir.

Apart from unfurling the largest Indian flag at Mt Kilimanjaro, Amgoth Tukaram has also received Telangana State award for ‘Best Sportsperson of the Year’ in 2015 and 2018.

Mount Everest, known in Nepali as Sagarmatha (सगरमाथा) and in Tibetan as Chomolungma (ཇོ་མོ་གླང་མ), is Earth’s highest mountainabove sea level, located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas. The international border between Nepal (Province No. 1) and China (Tibet Autonomous Region) runs across its summit point.

The current official elevation of 8,848 m (29,029 ft), recognized by China and Nepal, was established by a 1955 Indian survey and subsequently confirmed by a Chinese survey in 1975. In 2005, China remeasured the rock height of the mountain, with a result of 8844.43 m (29,017 ft). There followed an argument between China and Nepal as to whether the official height should be the rock height (8,844 m, China) or the snow height (8,848 m, Nepal). In 2010, an agreement was reached by both sides that the height of Everest is 8,848 m, and Nepal recognizes China’s claim that the rock height of Everest is 8,844 m.

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