A 46-year-old blind Chinese mountaineer, Zhang Hong has scaled the tallest peak in the world from the Nepal side, becoming the first blind man in Asia to climb Mt Everest.
Hong has become the third blind mountaineer in the world to scale the highest peak.
After completing his 8,849 metre climb last Monday, Hong along with three high altitude guides returned to the base camp on Thursday.
The mountaineer posted about his outstanding achievement on his Twitter handle following which he has been showering with praises by netizens.
“I summited Everest. 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,” Hong tweeted.
He also wrote that it was just the ‘beginning’ of his journey as he is planning to climb the seven summits soon.
Hong has also given snapshots of his journey of scaling Mt Everest on his Twitter handle.
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.
Born in the 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 QiangZi.
Nepal reopened Mount Everest in April for foreigners after it was shut last year due to the COVID19 pandemic.