Mount Everest

Conquering fears for a second time on Everest

John Tsang Chi-sing

Despite seeing friends lose their lives to the mountains, one Hongkonger is facing his fears - and has just conquered Mount Everest for a second time.

John Tsang Chi-sing has been climbing mountains for 22 years.

Thursday, 6 June, 2013, 3:47am

The allure of climbing Mount Everest

The allure of climbing Mount Everest

Sixty years ago, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest, known as Qomolangma in China and Chomolungma in Tibet. Their bavery and resilience set an example for many other adventurers in the following decades.

12 Sep 2013 - 10:45am

Talking points

Ride the ferry or tram for free

Tram and harbour ferry rides are free for the day thanks to sponsorship from the General Chamber of Commerce in support of the government campaign "Hong Kong: Our Home".

29 May 2013 - 6:35am

Hong Kong-based mountaineer scales Everest and Lhotse peaks within 24 hours

Hong Kong-based climber Paul Niel, 34, celebrates with Bauhinia flag on the summit of Mount Everest, 60 years after the first ascent by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. Niel became only the ninth person to scale Everest and Lhotse, the fourth highest peak, within 24 hours, in an expedition that had its share of tragedy.  Photo: SCMP

Sixty years to the day since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay conquered Mount Everest, a Hong Kong-based mountaineer has repeated the feat but it was overshadowed by tragedy.

Austrian-born Paul Niel and his team set off on a nine-week long expedition to scale the highest mountain in the world.

29 May 2013 - 10:28am 1 comment

Three climbers die in Nepal on eve of Everest anniversary

Climbers descend towards Mount Everest's Camp 4 on their way to the summit. The death toll from this year’s climbing season has now reached 16. Photo: AP

Another three climbers have perished during Himalayan expeditions in Nepal, casting a shadow over celebrations this week of the first summit of Everest 60 years ago.

28 May 2013 - 5:24pm

Plan for safety ladder on Everest's 'Hillary Step' gains support

The infamous 'Hillary Step', the final obstacle in the ascent to the summit of Everest. Photo: AFP

It was the final obstacle, 12 metres of technical climbing up a near-vertical rock face which pushed Sir Edmund Hillary to the limit. Once climbed, the way to the summit of Mount Everest lay open. Now, almost exactly 60 years after the New Zealander and his rope-mate Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, stood on the highest point in the planet, a new plan has been mooted to install a ladder on the famous "Hillary Step", as the crucial pitch at nearly 8,850 metres has been known since it was first ascended. The aim is to "ease congestion".

28 May 2013 - 2:43am

Japanese mountaineer, 80, becomes oldest person to conquer Everest

Adventurer Yuichiro Miura (right) and his son Gota pose for a photo as they leave camp to begin the last stage of their ascent. Photo: AFP

Yuichiro Miura, who took the standard southeast ridge route pioneered by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay 60 years ago, reached the top of the 8,848 metre mountain at about 9.00am local time, accompanied by three other Japanese climbers, including his son, and six Nepali sherpas.

24 May 2013 - 9:01am

Two die on Everest as good weather lures hundreds of climbers

Mount Everest, seen from Tibet. Photo: Xinhua

A climber from Bangladesh and one from South Korea have died on Mount Everest as hundreds flock to the world's highest peak during good weather, Nepalese tourism officials said yesterday. "Both men died while descending from the summit on Monday," an official with the tourism ministry said from Everest Base Camp.

22 May 2013 - 2:21am

Saudi woman reaches Mount Everest summit in historic climb

Mount Everest is the world's highest mountain. Photo: AFP

It is a first for the conservative Muslim kingdom where women’s sports are severely restricted, her proud father said.

19 May 2013 - 10:58am

Strauss-Kahn gives South Sudan some 'special attention'

High ambition.

After some time out of the limelight following his spectacular fall from grace in 2011, former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has resurfaced in unusual circumstances.

16 May 2013 - 3:53am

European climbers flee Everest after confrontation with Sherpas

Ueli Steck, Jon Griffith and Simone Moro. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A British climber and two companions, confronted on Everest by an angry mob of Sherpas, are returning home after deciding they no longer feel safe enough to stay on the mountain.

2 May 2013 - 2:25am

Hong Kong-based climber sets off on expedition to scale Mount Everest

Austrian-born Paul Niel and his team have set off on a nine-week long expedition to scale the famous mountain, which at 8,848 metres is the highest in the world. They will also make an attempt at Lhotse, the world's fourth-highest mountain.

21 Apr 2013 - 8:00am

Student poised to be first openly gay climber to conquer 'Seven Summits'

Cason Crane and mum Isabella are avid climbers. Photo: Paul Yeung

Cason Crane, 20, already has five of the "Seven Summits" under his belt and was due to begin his quest to scale the highest of them all, Mount Everest.

31 Mar 2013 - 5:48am 2 comments

Briefs, February 27, 2013

Two US sailors yesterday admitted raping a Japanese woman in Okinawa, in a case that has generated huge anti-American anger in Japan.

27 Feb 2013 - 3:37am

Leading the way to the pinnacle

Mount Everest was in the headlines again this spring when 10 climbers died, including Chinese national Wang-yi Fa, triggering memories of 1996, the deadliest year on the peak.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm