A 46 year old Chinese man has now become the first blind person in Asia to scale the world's highest peak ie; Mount Everest.

Zhang Hong made this incredible climb from the Nepal side of Everest, and thinks it takes a really strong mind to do it.

The incredible climb was done on 24 May with the company of three altitude guides. Hong returned to base camp on May 27 after climbing the world's famous summit.

Hong is not the first blind person to do the unimaginable, as a blind American climber named Eric Weihenmayer climbed the summit in 2001. Hong took inspiration from here, and began training with a mountain guide, Qiang Zi. Of course the pandemic closed the mountain to climbers last year, but it has been open to foreigners since April.

Regarding the experience, Zhang Hong says that he was quite frightened during the climb as he could not see where he was walking, and could not even find his center of gravity. He continued his climb, thinking about the difficulties. They believe that the true meaning of climbing is that you have to overcome difficulties and dangers.

Hong completed the final climb to the peak in more than 13 hours in low oxygen conditions and inclement weather. His guide talked to him the whole time, and kept his resolve intact. Zhang Hong said that a part of him wanted to lose, but he knew he had to keep going.


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