A school teacher in her thirties has become the first Hong Kong woman to conquer Mount Everest.
Ada Tsang reached the Himalayan peak after two failed attempts in 2014 and 2015, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Tsang stood at the peak, 8,848 meters above sea level, at 6 a.m. on Sunday, fulfilling her dream to become the first woman from Hong Kong to achieve the feat.
Hong Kong netizens left congratulatory messages on Tsang’s Facebook page, which was set up by her students in the CUHKFAA Chan Chun Ha Secondary School in Ma On Shan
Tsang’s first attempt in 2014 was disrupted by an avalanche that killed some of her teammates. It forced the Nepal government to suspend expeditions.
She tried again in 2015, only to come across a magnitude 7.9 earthquake that left her seriously injured.
Last month, she quit her job to prepare for her third attempt.
This time, her trek was temporarily hindered by an avalanche after she arrived in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, on April 13.
But she and her teammates set out on their expedition on Thursday and reached the summit three days later, according to Apple Daily.
According to Tsang’s sister, the team had to battle extremely adverse weather conditions.
Four team members gave up in the process due to altitude sickness.
Also reaching the top with her were Elton Ng Chun-ting, a Hong Kong physiotherapist, and mainland expert climber Zhang Jianguo.
They are expected to return to their camp on Tuesday, which is another challenge.
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