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Youngest woman ever conquers Mount Everest

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The youngest woman ever has conquered Mount Everest, at the age of just 13.

Malavath Purna climbed the world's tallest peak along with Sadhanapalli Anand Kumar, aged 16, a Class IX student from India's Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh, and completed the feat on Sunday morning.

The expedition took 52 days to ascend the 8,848 metres of Everest, which is known for being a treacherous climb.

Purna is from Andhra Pradesh, in the Nizamabad district, and the expedition was sponsored by the Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Educational Society.

According to the original report in The Times of India, Purna and Kumar were reportedly among 150 children "initially chosen for adventure sports as part of the society's initiative to promote excellence in the students of the society".

After reaching the summit of the mountain, the students are now heading back down to base camp.

Junko Tabei became the first woman ever to climb the peak in 1975. Tabei was a well-known mountain climber and had also scaled the heights of Mount Fuji and the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps.

More recently, a Chinese woman and five Sherpa guides scaled Mount Everest just the day before Purna, becoming the first team to reach the peak from the Nepal side since a deadly avalanche last month sent climbers home.

The avalanche took place on April 18 and claimed the lives of 16 sherpas.

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