Akhil Rasamalla and five other Indians scales Mt Elbrus on Independence Day .

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Braving extreme cold conditions under freezing temperatures, Akhil Rasamalla, a young mountaineer from Hanamkonda, and five other Indians scaled Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain on the European continent, on Sunday, bringing joy to his relatives and friends back home. With India celebrating its 75th Independence Day on Sunday, Akhil too celebrated the event, saluting the national flag at the summit.

Situated in the western part of the Caucasus Mountains, Mount Elbrus is a dormant volcano and it rises 5,642 m (18,510 ft) above sea level, and it stands in Southern Russia.

Sharing his happiness with Media, Akhil said he started his journey to scale the mountain at 12.50 pm on August 9 and reached the summit at 8.30 am on August 15 despite the heavy wind, freezing temperatures and snowfall. “While the temperatures hovered between -25 to -30 degrees centigrade, there was heavy wind (70 km/h) and snowfall during our journey. However, we successfully reached the summit today (8.30 am local time). We will come down by Monday afternoon. Our achievement was due to the guidance of an adventure guide from Kathamandu, Chatur Tamang,” Akhil said, adding that he wanted to celebrate Independence Day on Mt Elbrus this year. Akhil has already conquered Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa and Panja Chilla in Nepal.

A resident of Kishanpura in Hanamkonda, Akhil said he went on the adventure trip under the guidance of Transcend Adventures of Hyderabad. Warangal West MLA Dasyam Vinay Bhaskar, who helped him financially to go the trip, expressed happiness on his achievement. Akhil already figures in the High Range Book of World Records for scaling the 6,153 meter Stok Kangri, receiving laurels from Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan. “It is a moment of pride for the people of Warangal,” the MA said.

Akhil, who is a B.Tech civil engineering student, along with G Mallikarjun, displayed the ‘Longest Indian Flag’ measuring 365 ft in length and 6.5 ft in height on Mt. Stok Kangri in Ladakh on August 15, 2019. Akhil is quick to add that his next mission is to scale the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, at the earliest.

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