Mount Everest is the top of the world. Climbing it implies difficulties that not everyone is capable of handling, from inclement cold, lack of oxygen, and long walks uphill, in addition to the obvious risks involved in the possibility of falling off a cliff on its steep walls. Still, hundreds of people from around the world set out each year to achieve this incredible challenge.
Precisely during the months of April and May is when more tourists begin their ascent to the mountain since the weather conditions of this time of year allow a relatively friendly window for climbing. Therefore, among those who dared to try this year was Tsang Yin-hung.
Tsang Yin-hung is a 45-year-old school teacher, born in mainland China but living in Hong Kong since she was 10 years old. Tsang Yin-hung says that growing up her family did not have many financial resources so she decided to participate in free athletics competitions and it was there that her love for sports was born. She has practiced different disciplines throughout her life and at the age of 34, she began to venture into the world of mountaineering.
After a lot of training and other mountains climbed, in 2017 she achieved her first successful ascent to Mount Everest and now in 2021, she decided to repeat it. During the first days of April, she began her ascent but adverse weather conditions forced her to return to base camp. Then on May 23, she left base camp again and went on for the highest peak in the world.
Tsang Yin-hung made it to the top, but that’s not all, with her ascent she became the fastest female climber to ever do so.
The previous record belonged to Nepalese Phunjo Jhangmu Lama who had climbed from base camp to the top in 39 hours and 6 minutes, but now Tsang Yin-hung has set the new mark at 25 hours and 50 minutes.
“For the summit, it’s not just your ability, teamwork, I think luck is very important,” Tsang said.
Tsang Yin-hung’s spectacular ascent has earned her a place in the history of this enigmatic mountain and we are sure that we will hear from her again soon when she decides to embark on a new and impressive challenge.