If you have believe in yourself, then nothing is impossible. And Chinese climber Zhang Hong becomes another example of that saying as he scaled Mount Everest which makes him the third in the world and the first blind Asian to climb the highest peak.
Zhang took to his official Twitter handle to share the news. “I summited Everest,” he wrote and went on to thank those who helped him achieve the feat. “I would like to thank my family, my guides, the folks at Fokind Hospital, and Asian Trekking, who have been extremely supportive of my journey,” he wrote while adding that this was just the beginning and he has next on his list the seven-summits.”
I summited Everest!
I would like to thank my family, my guides, the folks at Fokind Hospital, and @asiantrekking who have been extremely supportive of my journey.
More pictures coming soon! pic.twitter.com/RlpFH29DoP
— Blind Mountaineer Zhang Hong 张洪 (@Zhang_Hong_76) May 25, 2021
Born in southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing, Zhang lost his sight at the age of 21 due to glaucoma.
He was inspired by Erik Weihenmayer, a blind American mountaineer who scaled Everest in 2001, and began training under the guidance of his mountain guide friend Qiang Zi.
In one of his tweets, he posted a video of how he is trying his best to scale the snow-laden mountain.
“I’m blind, but at least I‘m not afraid of heights,” he tweeted.
Due to Covid-19, Mount Everest was shut for foreigners, however, Nepal reopened it in April, this year.