Father and son duo from Jaipur, Neeraj Bhardwaj (48) and Aditya Bhardwaj (16) reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro on Saturday at 10.30 am. Located in Tanzania in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest stand-alone mountain in the world. This was perhaps the first ever attempt by the Jaipur based father and son duo to climb the peak.
Neeraj Bhardwaj informed that this was an experience of a lifetime. There are no words to explain this experience, he said and added that they felt like they were on top of the world. All their hard work and efforts have finally paid off, said elated Mr. Neeraj. They hoisted the national flag on the summit as well as the flag of St. Xavier’s School, Jaipur.
Neeraj further informed that the climb was a big challenge for them. They began their ascent for the peak at 12 in the night so as to reach by sunrise. The freezing temperatures and strong winds proved to be a major challenge for them.
Father and son reached Stella point which is the second highest point at 9.03 am. The remaining stretch to the Summit took one and a half hours to complete. Both the father and son will reach on 29 June. Neeraj Bhardwaj is a businessman and his son Aditya Bhardwaj is currently in class 12 at St. Xavier’s School in Jaipur. Neeraj is also an alumnus of St. Xavier’s School. Earlier, the father and son duo have trekked the Annapurna base camp in Nepal.
Trekking to Mt. Kilimanjaro is the most desirable trek amongst trekking enthusiasts across the globe. The weather is sub zero and the harsh winds blowing make it all the more difficult for trekking.