LA PAZ – An 11-year-old girl from New Zealand has reached the summit of Illimani, 6,462 meters (21,186 ft.) high, her father told Bolivian media Friday.
Gregg Beisly, who moved his family to the Bolivian city of El Alto five years ago, said that daughter Annie underwent rigorous training prior to the climb to prevent problems related to altitude.
Annie Beisly made it to the peak on Monday.
“It was a neat experience,” Annie told RTP television. “I like the mountains here. I only had a slight headache and nausea, but to reach the summit was happiness.”
She said her first climb was back in New Zealand at the age of 3, with encouragement from her father, who now works as an instructor with the Bolivian mountaineering club K-OZ.
In 2008, 13-year-old David Flores Paton, considered at the time Bolivia’s youngest mountain climber, reached the top of the Illimani with his father, Ever Flores.
Illimani, located 50 kilometers (31 miles) southeast of La Paz, is one of Bolivia’s major tourist attractions, but the route to the summit is treacherous and a number of climbers have died in the attempt.