Kashmiri teen preparing to scale Everest, seeks sponsorship

Eighteen years old mountaineer, Riza Alee is aiming literally for the Everest.

The teenager from Budgam’s Magma is preparing to scale Mount Everest and is seeking all the help and sponsorships he can get for his expedition to the world’s highest peak become a reality.

“I will start my expedition to Everest from early April. Since no one has scaled the peak from valley till now I am hoping to become the first one to do so,” Riza Alee said.

At 18 Alee who is already a professional mountain and he says he has finished all the necessary requirements like training and other mountaineering for the expedition and is now hoping for sponsorship.

“In August last year I went to Manali for my mountaineering courses and this year in January I went to Mount Abu Rajasthan for my rock climbing course and successfully completed it,” Alee said, adding he has also done a specialised course in mountain climbing from Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of mountaineering and Allied spots (ABVIMAS) where he was one among only five participants from around the world.

Alee is also an adventure photography enthusiast and has scaled Mahadev peak, the highest in Srinagar twice besides climbing Stok Kangri (6153m) in Ladakh last year.

“By climbing Stok Kangri I became the youngest person from Kashmir to summit it,” said Alee.

Alee hopes to raise awareness about climate change by attempting to scale Mount Everest.

“I went to many people in private and government sector but so far no one came forward, I hope through media I can reach to people who can help me,” Alee said. “I have also started online campaign with the help of some social media influencers so that I could raise money which can help me fund my expedition.”