Telangana tribal youth conquers Mount Kosciuszko, Australia’s tallest mountain

Yashwanth Naik Bhukya of Mahbubnagar is looking for sponsors to chase his dream of scaling the Seven Summits.

ByDeepika Pasham

Published Dec 01, 2023 | 9:14 PMUpdated Dec 01, 2023 | 9:14 PM

Telangana tribal youth conquers Mount Kosciuszko, Australia’s tallest mountain

At 2,228 metres above sea level, Mount Kosciuszko, the highest peak in Australia, looked imposing, Rain had added its bit, making the terrain slippery and dangerous.

However, the conditions failed to dampen the spirit of 20-year-old Yashwanth Naik Bhukya of Mariperda Mandal in Telangana’s Mahbubnagar district on Friday, 1 December.

“I was already late by one day to reach the summit,” Bhukya later told South First. The determined degree student set off at 9.20 am, scaled the peak and reached the summit by 10.25 am. After catching his breath, the descent began, and he reached the base by 11.30 am.

“I am planning to complete Seven Summits on seven continents. I have already scaled Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895 m) in Tanzania, Mount Elbrus (5,642 m), the highest and most prominent peak in Russia and Europe, Mount Yunam (6,100 m) in Himachal Pradesh, Mount Everest base camp (5,364 m), and Stok Kangri (6,153 m) in Ladakh,” he said.

Bhukya has been dreaming of a career in the Indian Army. “I am preparing for the entrance exams. I will complete my graduation and apply for the exam,” he further said.

He became interested in mountaineering after joining the Tribal Residential College at Ibrahimpatnam. “The institute encouraged us to chase our passion,” he said. The student had his first lessons in rock climbing while in the Tribal Residential College.

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He is now a student at the Spandana Degree College in Hyderabad. “I also work part-time to meet my college expenses. I usually take leave for a week when I go mountaineering. The college management is also helping me in accomplishing the dream of completing the Seven Summits,” Bhukya said.

Earlier, Rithika Real Estate and SR Software sponsored him. For scaling Mount Kosciuszko, he received half of the funds from Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatraya.

The Governor’s office contacted me after a newspaper published an article on me. I was invited to the Raj Bhavan in Haryana. The funds helped me in meeting the expenses of food, and physical training. I have reached out to the West Bengal Governor and a few companies for funds to complete the Seven Summits.

“I am waiting for somebody to contribute so that I make my village famous,” he explained.

Bhukya said his family could not afford to fund his passion. My father is a contract employee with the electricity department. My mother’s housemaker and my elder brother has completed graduation,” he said.

The youngster has a message for his peers: Hard work is the key to success and follow your passion so that today or tomorrow you will be successful. “In the future, I want to start a sports academy to train students from remote villages in mountaineering,” he added.

Meanwhile, in a press statement, Governor Dattatraya of Haryana congratulated Bhukya and conveyed his best wishes for the youngster’s future endeavours.