Nagaraju Sundarana who hails from Sabbavaram in Vishakhapatnam district in AP was the first to step on Mount Everest, the highest mountain peak in the world at 8:20am on 13th May. He was a part of the first Indian team that scaled the Mount Everest on Saturday. The team comprised of six other boys from Andhra Pradesh. The team scaled the mountain from the side of Northern Tibet.
An excited and thrilled Nagaraju said that he was happy to have scaled the highest peak from the Tibet side and that this was a new experience for him. He confessed that he felt great when he stood at the top of the world and aims to attempt the next Everest Summit from the Southern End which lies in Nepal.
A couple of days ago, the team was contemplating to abort the mission due to extreme weather conditions with stormy winds blowing dangerously during the wee hours of the morning.
However, they braved all adversities and came off victorious. According to Bharat Thammineni, the team leader, they faced the hostile weather and crossed a number of corpses on their way to reach the summit.
All the six boys who made their way to the summit come from humble and economically weak backgrounds. They were sponsored by the State Government and Transcend Adventures planned their whole trek. However, it is Nagaraju who gets all the attention as he belongs to a very poor family and is a self professed lover of adventure sports and a marathoner. Both his parents, Eswar Rao Sandarana and Lakshmi Sandarana work as daily wage laborers in order to make ends meet.
But, none of his hardships have diminished his spirits. A student of B.Sc Computer Science, he has participated in a number of marathons in Amaravati and Karnataka and now wishes to take part in the Iron Man Contest.
He confessed that the continuous support of his trainers, coaches, team members and organizers is what motivated him to complete this tough feat. Along with him, the others who made it to the summit of Mount Everest are Krishna, Suresh Babu, K Satya Rao, Durga Rao and Bharat Thammineni.