Elton Ng Chun-ting, who returned to Hong Kong on Thursday after reaching the summit of Mount Everest on Sunday, urged fellow Hong Kong citizens to stick to their dreams, saying something good will come out of the effort, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Ng, a 38-year-old physiotherapist, reached the Himalayan peak, 8,848 meters above sea level, on Sunday morning with Ada Tsang Yin-hung, 40, who had to quit her job as a school teacher to make her dream come true.
Sharing the unforgettable experience, Ng revealed that he was prepared to die before setting out on the expedition, adding that he was able to achieve his goal because he never thought of giving up.
He said four or five other people who set off to conquer the mountain with him died halfway through the journey, adding that it was impossible to save them under the extremely severe weather conditions.
The temperature at the peak was minus 50 degrees Celsius with strong winds that caused the four cameras they brought to malfunction and left him temporarily blind in the right eye.
Despite all the tribulations, Ng did not forget to plant Hong Kong’s bauhinia flag at the peak when he reached it, Apple Daily quoted the mountaineer as saying.
After the exhilarating conquest, the team started the 10-hour descent, which was no less easy than scaling the forbidding peak.
Ng said he fell about 100 times on the way down because he was quite exhausted, and he could have died if not for the rope that his Sherpa guide used to connect them both.
He said he was grateful to the guide who kept punching and kicking him to prevent him from sleeping, which could have led to his death.
Ng called the expedition “a narrow escape from death”, adding that he lost more than 10 kilos and did not get his vision back until two days after he returned to the bottom of mountain.
Ng said Tsang is set to return to Hong Kong this Sunday, Ming Pao Daily reported.
He said he had spent more than HK$1 million (US$128,344) over 10 years to reach his goal of conquering Everest.
His next mission is to reach the summit of the 7,000-meter Aconcagua in Argentina, which he will attempt to do by the year’s end.
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