Nepal | July 04, 2020

NatGeo explorer Sung Taek Hong returns to Lhotse South Face for fifth attempt

Rajan Pokhrel
Share Now:
Sung Taek Hong

Sung Taek Hong. Courtesy: Facebook/File

KATHMANDU: A renowned mountaineer from South Korean has returned to Nepal yet again to make his fifth attempt to climb the Lhotse South Face, one of the toughest climbs in the world, this autumn.

Upon his arrival in Kathmandu today, Sung Taek Hong (51), who is also one of the National Geographic explorers, said that he along with record-holder Spanish climber Jorge Egocheaga Rodriguez would attempt to scale Mt Lhotse (8,516 m), the world’s fourth highest peak, from the south face.

“I always believe in real mountain climbing,” he further told THT, while preparing to head for Lukla to begin climbing in the Mt Everest region.

On October 1990, two Russian climbers – Serguey Bershov and Vladimir Karataev – first successfully climbed the mountain from the south face wall which no one has ever repeated. Edward Morgan has recently authored a book entitled: Lhotse South face – The Wall of Legends, presenting a tale of amazing human endeavour against all the odds on the mighty mountain.

Hong has already attempted the most difficult face of the mountain four times in the previous years. “We are a strong team while my climbing partner (Jorge Egocheaga) has also climbed all fourteen eight-thousanders,” he said, hoping to make the fifth attempt to cross the mighty wall that defeated the world’s top climbers for over two decades a grand success.

With the endurance keeping high, the climber decided not to give up. “As I have already climbed the formidable wall (once till 8,250 m of altitude) in the previous autumns, such experience would be helpful to ascend to a certain height of the mountain this season.”

Wangchu Sherpa, Managing Director at Trekking Camp Nepal, local organiser of the expedition, said that Hong-led seven-member team would be in Mt Everest region for over two months. “Hong and Jorge Egocheaga would attempt to climb the mountain while other members would provide them with necessary support,” he said, adding that the duo were renowned climbers among the mountaineering fraternity. ‘The team plans to leave for Khumbu region on September 9.”

Khem Raj Aryal, an official at the Department of Tourism said that Hong-led team already applied for the climbing permit for Mt Lhotse. “This is the only team attempting to climb Mt Lhotse this season,” he informed.

According to the climbing records, Hong e reached all the Three Poles. The South Korean mountaineer climbed Mt Everest in 1995 from Tibetan side while he skied to the South Pole in 1994 and walked to the North Pole in 2005. Hong also crossed the Bering Strait and Greenland for the first time.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

City honour Liverpool - then hammer them 4-0

MANCHESTER: Manchester City generously applauded new champions Liverpool onto the field before their Premier League match on Thursday -- and promptly showed no mercy by thrashing them 4-0 at the Etihad stadium. With the title secured a week ago, there was little at stake for Juergen Klo Read More...

Real Madrid close on title as Ramos late show sinks Getafe

MADRID: Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos kept his nerve to score a late penalty and secure a hard-fought 1-0 home win over Getafe on Thursday for a sixth consecutive La Liga victory to take his side one step closer to winning the title. Ramos coolly passed the ball into the net to brea Read More...

File photo of the headquarters of the World Health Organisation in Geneva

Pay attention to mental health, prevention of suicide: WHO

Kathmandu, July 2 With the COVID-19 pandemic still spreading and impacting people in multiple ways, World Health Organisation today called upon South-East Asia region countries, including Nepal, to pay greater attention to mental health and suicide prevention. “Hitting lives and livelihoods, Read More...

Government urged to make transport service effective

Workers in transportation sector face risk of losing their livelihood as the service is yet to resume KATHMANDU, JUNE 2 National Assembly lawmakers have drawn the attention of the government to the need of making transport service effective by adopting required health safety measures as life h Read More...

EU, UNICEF to prevent malnutrition in Nepal

KATHMANDU, JULY 2 European Union and UNICEF have expanded their partnership on nutrition to prevent malnutrition in children due to the socio-economic impact of the pandemic. Socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis has pushed many vulnerable families across Nepal into deeper poverty and h Read More...

Bill proposing facilities for local reps tabled

POKHARA, JULY 2 Amid protest from the opposition party, a bill was tabled in the Provincial Assembly meeting of Gandaki Province proposing facilities for local level representatives today. Minister of Internal Affairs and Law Hari Bahadur Chuman tabled the bill which proposed facilities for me Read More...

Girls join hands to fight against drug abuse

KAPILVASTU, JUNE 2 Girls of Shivapur of Shivaraj Municipality in Kapilvastu district have joined hands against drug addiction. Girls associated with Gautam Kishori Sambad, Saraswoti Kishori Sambad and Nabadurga Kishori Sambad located in Shivapur have launched campaign to control drug addiction Read More...

Officer, Public Service Commission, Government officer,

Upset Nayab Subbas vow to continue protest

KATHMANDU, JULY 2 Nayab Subbas (non-gazetted first class officers) have threatened to continue nationwide protest until their demands are met. They have demanded revision in a few provisions proposed in the Federal Civil Service Bill, passed recently by the State Affairs and Good Governance Co Read More...