Chinese mountaineer Zhang Hong has become the first blind man in Asia and the third in the world to climb Mount Everest, according to Reuters.
He climbed the world's highest peak on May 24, accompanied by three guides. And on June 3, they returned to the alpine camp in Kathmandu. According to the 46-year-old mountaineer, he was inspired to climb by the first blind climber, American Eric Weichenmaier, who conquered the 8849-meter mountain in 2001. It took Hun five years to prepare for the campaign.
вЂњI think there are so many other people with visual impairments around the world and in Asia, and I hope that what I have done can be a source of inspiration for them,вЂќ Hong said.
According to the climber, now he plans to conquer the highest mountains on all seven continents, as well as go to the South and North Poles.
вЂњIt doesn't matter if you have a disability or not, you have lost your sight or you have no legs or arms. It doesn't matter. As long as you have a strong mind, you can always do what other people tell you are impossible, вЂњ he said.