Indian mountaineer Poorna Malavath, 13, poses for a photograph during an interview with AFP in Kathmandu on June 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMA
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A 13-year-old impoverished Indian schoolgirl, thought to be the youngest female to climb Mount Everest, said Monday she had never scaled a mountain before setting her sights on the world's highest peak.Poorna said she and her 16-year-old friend, a member of India's lowest Dalit caste previously known as "untouchables", climbed the mountain with ten Nepalese guides before hoisting the Indian flag.The 52-day-long expedition to Everest was made possible after an Indian government-run welfare group sponsored the teenager, whose father belongs to an indigenous tribe and earns just 35,000 rupees ($600) a year.In 2010 13-year-old American Jordan Romero claimed to have set the record for being the youngest climber to summit Everest, also making the ascent from Tibet.
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