The first Asian blind person to conquer the "Roof of the World"

Thứ Hai, 31/5/2021| 16:59

Mr Zhang Hong, 46 years old, from China, became the first blind man in Asia and the third blind person in the world to conquer the "Roof of the World".

The first Asian blind person to conquer the Roof of the WorldMr. Zhang Hong became the first Asian blind person to climb Mount Everest (Photo: REUTERS)

Mr Zhang Hong completed the journey up the 8,849m high mountain from the way up to Nepal with three guides (one Chinese and two Sherpas) on May 24 and returned to the base camp - the first stop in the journey to conquer Mount Everest, on May 27. 

Nepal reopened the roads to Mount Everest in April to foreigners after closing it last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The blind Chinese climber said: “Whether you are disabled or normal, whether you are blind or have no legs or arms, as long as you have strong determination, you can always accomplish something that others think you can't do it.


The first Asian blind person to conquer the Roof of the WorldMr. Zhang intends to conquer the highest peaks on all continents in the world (Photo: SCMP)

"I'm usually very scared because I can't see the way and sometimes I fall as I can't find the centre of gravity. But I always told myself that even though it is difficult, I still have to face it. It's also a part of climbing", Mr Zhang shares with Reuters.

Born in Chongqing City, Mr Zhang lost his sight at the age of 21 due to glaucoma. The blind American climber, Erik Weihenmayer, who conquered Everest in 2001 was the inspiration for Mr Zhang to practice. In the process of hard training, he has a friend to support, who is a climbing guide. 

Sharing that climbing Everest is just the beginning, Mr Zhang says the next goal is to conquer the seven highest peaks on every continent in the world.

According to Reuters, SCMP