Nepal | July 02, 2020

Hernán Leal becomes first Chilean to climb Mt Kanchenjunga

THT Online
Share Now:
Hernán Leal

Leal along with other climbers on Kanchenjunga summit during the Fastco Boyden Kanchenjunga Expedition 2019. Photo Courtesy: Hernán Leal via THT

KATHMANDU: A 53-year-old climber from South America has become the first Chilean climber to stand atop the world’s third highest peak.

Hernán Leal, who became the first South American to successfully climb Mt Everest and Mt Lhotse in a single season last year, has added another feather to his cap becoming the only climber from Chile to scale Mt Kanchenjunga.

According to Jiban Ghimire, Managing Director at Shangri-La Nepal Treks, Leal along with Lhakpa Chhiri Sherpa Lhakpa Chhiring Sherpa, Cheten Dorji Sherpa and Rajan Bhote successfully scaled Mt Kanchenjunga at 5:35 am on Wednesday. Hernán was a part of the Fastco Boyden Kanchenjunga Expedition 2019 organised by Shangri-La Excursion, he added. He has already climbed the highest peaks in all seven continents becoming one of seven Chileans to achieve that feat, according to Ghimire.

According to a record at the Department of Tourism, none from Chile had successfully climbed Mt Kanchenjunga in the previous climbing seasons.

Upon arrival from Mt Kanchenjunga, Leal said that his climb was possible only because of the team effort. “Though I was the only member of the expedition, I had a strong team that performed very well. He also added that he planned to climb either Mt Shishapanga or Mt Manaslu in the upcoming autumn. Leal said, “I want to be the first Chilean to complete the seven highest peaks in the world.”

Leal, who is also a motivational speaker, said he also wanted to share his experience with the rural kids in Nepal. “I want to inspire them to dream big.” After beginning his climbing career in 2013, Leal had also climbed Mt Everest in 2017 from the Tibetan side.

An engineer by profession, Leal has founded a company called FASTCO Collections. “I want to inspire youths, especially schoolchildren, to travel around their native land, along with the mountain areas closest to them,” Leal concluded.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Young adults receive health materials in Bajura's rural municipality

BAJURA: As many as 280 girls and boys have received health and safety materials in Khaptad Chhededaha Rural Municipality of Bajura district. The materials were provided by Mahila Bikas Manch (Women Development Forum) in coordination with the local level. Krishnaa Dani, Programme Coordinator of Read More...

COVID-19 Update: 482 new cases, one death recorded on Wednesday

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s Health Ministry, in its regular press briefing, shared the latest updates on coronavirus contagion from across the country, and government’s response to the health crisis. As of today, 233,227 tests through Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) method and 300,620 Rapid Diagn Read More...

Absconding convict arrested after 22 years in Tanahun

TANAHUN: Police have arrested an absconding person involved in a road accident after 22 years of being convicted, on Tuesday. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Yuvaraj Timilsina of District Police Office, Tanahun, said that Laxman Shrestha, 50, of Shuklagandaki Municipality-3 was arrested fro Read More...

Covid-19 cases continue to escalate in Kathmandu, 10+ cases reported two days in a row

KATHMANDU: The number of coronavirus-infection cases in Kathmandu valley are slowly but steadily rising, with the case count exceeding 10 two days in a row. With the confirmation of 17 new cases in the last 24 hours, the valley's case tally has hit 122 on Wednesday. The number of additional ca Read More...

TUTH. Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj

49-day-old infant diagnosed with Covid-19 passes away in Kathmandu

KATHMANDU: A 49-day-old infant diagnosed with Covid-19 passed away on Wednesday evening at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH), where he was receiving treatment. Ministry of Health and Population, in its regular press briefing, confirmed the passing of the baby. The infant -- resident o Read More...

India deploys helicopter, 12 drones to stop fast-spreading locusts

NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday deployed a helicopter and a dozen drones spraying insecticide to stop desert locusts that have spread to nine heartland states of the world's second-biggest producer of rice and wheat. The move came after swarms invaded Gurugram, a satellite city of the capital N Read More...

Nepali Army sacks Brigadier General, Colonel for defying chain of command

KATHMANDU: The Nepali Army on Wednesday sacked two of its high-ranking officers for offence related to discipline, chain-of-command and military conduct. Brigadier General Surendra Singh Rawal and Colonel Anil Khadka were relieved of duty on being found guilty for going against the military chai Read More...

TikTok

India's TikTok stars feel pained by government app ban

MUMBAI: Geetha Sridhar never used to enter her kitchen in Mumbai without her smartphone. The 54-year-old homemaker used to post dozens of short videos daily on the Chinese video app TikTok, mostly of herself cooking traditional recipes. With 1 million TikTok followers, she earned an average 50,00 Read More...