24-yr-old Abraham Sorang from Arunachal Pradesh conquers Mt Everest

Sorang is the 14th Arunachalee and the first from the Nyishi tribe to achieve the feat.

Abraham Tagit Sorang became the talk of the town after becoming the ‘youngest mountaineer’ from Arunachal Pradesh to scale Mt Everest.

The 24-year-old Sorang returned home on June 13, having achieved the feat on May 31 at 8.25 am.

“It did not come easy,” said Sorang, a native of Sepaha village of Kra-Daadi district.

“It took four years to begin my climb. Among the many other factors, financial constraint almost stopped my journey,” he added.

Thanking the Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association (APCA), Sorang said, “Had it not been for APCA, my journey to Mt Everest would not have been possible. They started a crowdfunding campaign through WhatsApp to help me with the funds. I even took some personal loan to meet the expense,” said Sorang, a parishioner of St Mary’s Church, Itanagar.

Appreciating Sorang, Bishop John Thomas, Itanagar Diocese said, “He is a model for every young person. Though from a remote village, he was not defined by his milieu. He strove to excel and Everest was the target he set for himself. May he inspire the young people of Arunachal Pradesh”.

It may be mentioned, Sorang is the 14th Arunachalee and the first from the Nyishi tribe to achieve the feat.

Governor Brig (Retd) BD Mishra, Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Union Minister and MP from Arunachal Pradesh Kiren Rijiju have all congratulated Sorang for his achievement.

“My heartiest congratulations to Shri Abraham Tagit Sorang on successfully scaling Mt Everest and also becoming the second mountaineer from Arunachal after Ms Tashi Yangjom to climb the world’s highest peak this season,” tweeted the CM.

Taking to his social media page, the Union Minister of State of Youth Affairs and MP from West Arunachal, Kiren Rijiju, said the young mountaineer of Arunachal Pradesh has made India proud.

“My best wishes for him on his future endeavours”, he posted with a photo of Sorang.

“May young people, who easily give up their pursuit of excellence, blaming poverty and other factors, must look at Sorang, who from a very ordinary family, could climb the highest peak on earth. The sky is the limit for those with determination,” said Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese.

Sorang hopes his feat will inspire the Government to take up many measures to boost adventure tourism in the State.

“There are many peaks in Arunachal Pradesh still not scaled, like the Kangto Peak. With adventure tourism, unemployed youths can earn a living as guides, porter or even as organizers of trekking in the State,” Sorang said.

(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)

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