Date
15 August 2018
After conquering Mount Everest, Benjamin Chan hopes to achieve the Explorers Grand Slam this year. Photo: Facebook / Benjamin Chan
After conquering Mount Everest, Benjamin Chan hopes to achieve the Explorers Grand Slam this year. Photo: Facebook / Benjamin Chan

Student, 19, becomes youngest Hongkonger to conquer Everest

A 19-year-old student has become the youngest Hongkonger to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Benjamin Chan Ka-hei reached the 8,848-meter peak on Monday, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports. He was in the company of 22 others.

His gear was provided by a fellow mountaineer, John Tsang Chi-sing, who also reached the world’s highest peak just last week.

In a media interview earlier this year, Chan said his dream is to become the youngest person to achieve the so-called Explorers Grand Slam, the ultimate challenge of reaching the highest peak in each of the seven continents, as well as the North Pole and the South Pole. 

So far Chan has set his foot on four of them: Kilimanjaro in Africa, Kosciuszko in Australia, Aconeagua in South America and the Everest, hk01.com reported. He said he hopes to realize his dream this year.

The youngest person to conquer the Everest was a 13-year-old American boy, who pulled it off in 2010.

Marin Minamiya, a Japanese woman who had reportedly studied in Hong Kong for several years, became the youngest person to complete the Explorers Grand Slam at 20 on April 13 last year.

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