Arya Cahaya Mulya Sugiarto, 7, from Pemekasan, Madura, East Java, has an unusual mission.

He climbs mountains simply because they are there.

Arya has already climbed 14 mountains and has set his sights on the world’s highest peaks. His achievements include: Mount Semeru in Java in August 2010 when he was just 5, and then Mount Rinjani in Lombok in 2011.

Arya’s proud father claims that his son was hiking even before he could walk. A mountain climber himself, he used to carry his young son on mountain climbs when he was barely 8 months old.

“He was only 3 years old when he started to hike by himself and didn’t want to be carried anymore,” said his father, Agus.

July 23 is National Children’s Day, and Arya will celebrate it by attempting to conquer Russia’s Mt. Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe. He plans to top even himself to mark Universal Children’s Day on November 20 by scaling Imja Tse, better known as Island Peak, an even higher summit in the Himalayas.

Universal Children’s Day was first celebrated back in 1953. Its purpose was to promote the welfare of children throughout the world and highlight their contributions to society. By conquering Mount Elbus and Imja Tse, little Arya hopes to set an example for all children everywhere.

Indonesia’s president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has followed Arya’s achievements with great interest, and he plans to call the little boy when he reaches the top of Mt. Elbrus to personally congratulate him and commend him for inspiring Indonesian children to follow their dreams.

Arya has an instructor, Budi Cayono, who has guided him through his dangerous adventures. He is determined to help his young charge become the youngest person ever to conquer Mt. Elbrus.

“I have full confidence that Arya can reach the top of Mount Elbrus on National Children’s Day … Mountain climbing is very safe, as long as climbers follow the rules and techniques, especially for young climbers. So they need a lot of preparation,” says Budi.

Mount Elbrus will be Arya’s biggest challenge and hardest climb to date. The mountain soars to heights of 5,642 meters (more than 18,500 feet) and its icecap feeds 22 glaciers. The inactive volcano is considered the world’s 10th most prominent mountain.

Arya’s instructor and father will depart for Moscow on July 9 and the climb is slated to begin on July 15.

Good luck, Arya, and don’t look down, whatever you do!

Check out this video of a 13-year-old American boy who became the youngest to conquer Mt. Everest.




M Dee Dubroff is the penname of this freelance writer and former teacher originally from Brooklyn, New York. A writer of ghostly and horror fiction, she has branched out into the world of humorous non fiction writing and maintains eight web sites covering a wide variety of topics. She also writes feature articles for several local newspapers. Her book entitled: A Taste of Funny, and her website, Eat, Drink And Really Be Merry ( feature many well researched and humorous articles on the subject of food and drink.