Kshitij has successfully completed a mountaineering course from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM), Uttarakhand. He is among the five mountaineers from Maharashtra, shortlisted by Giripremi, to attempt Mount Everest. The 17-year-old is also the youngest of the five mountaineers.
When did you start taking an interest in mountaineering?
I started my trek journey when I was seven years old and I have never stopped trekking till date. So far, I have scaled Goechala in Sikkim (16,207 feet), Nadadevi base camp (12,795 feet), Milan Glacier, Kuwari pass (14,000 feet), Stoke Kangri (20,187 feet), Kang Yatse II (21,312 feet), and Markha Valley (17,060 feet) among other major mountains.
Tell us more about your endeavour to attempt Mount Everest?
It is my dream to scale Mount Everest and I have been living my dream since my childhood. I am putting my heart and soul to achieve my dream. In this journey, my parents and all my well-wishers have been doing everything to make it happen.
As part of the training, I workout for four hours in the morning and three hours in the evening. I wake up at 4am and go for a jog and hill run. After that, I go for yoga and every alternate day I go for a high intensity workout for an hour. In the evenings, I also spend three hours at the gym.
How has your school supported you?
My journey started with Victorious Kidss Educares and my school made me believe that there is no limit to what we can achieve. At school, I am also leading the boys and girls as director of sports. I am a district-level champion in shot put, handball and basketball and I hold a blue belt in karate.