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Girl, 13, youngest to climb Everest

Published 04/06/2014 | 15:47

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Malavath Poorna, from the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, has become the youngest girl to climb Everest (AP)

A social charity says that the 13-year-old daughter of poor Indian farmers has become the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest.

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Malavath Poorna says she and a team of Nepalese climbing guides reached the summit on May 25 from the northern side in Tibet.

The smiling youngster told reporters in New Delhi that she faced extreme cold, difficult terrain, personal fear and dead bodies on her journey up the world's tallest mountain.

But she "shed joyful tears" when she reached the top and saw "mighty mountains and morning sunlight" all around.

The Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Residential Educational Institution Society said it sponsored Malavath's expedition as part of its programme to encourage underprivileged students.

A 13-year-old boy has climbed Everest previously.

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