* Date : 2015-05-19
Um Hong-gil, a mountaineer who successfully reached the summits of 16 peaks in the Himalayas
Um Hong-gil became the first Asian and the eighth in the world to successfully reach the summits of fourteen peaks in the Himalayas, all of which were at least 8000m high. The adventurous mountaineer didn’t stop here; he ascended Yalung Kang in 2004 and Lhotse Shar in 2007, and set a new record as the world’s first summiteer to reach sixteen 8,000m peaks in the Himalayas. But in order to set this record, he made 36 trips to the Himalayas, of which 22 attempts ended in failure.
We met with Um Hong-gil in Wondobonsang Mountain, which he calls his second home. There, we found the empty lot of his former home as well as the trees that he had planted as a young child half a century ago. He reminisced about his childhood in the scenic mountain, where he fostered his dream to become a mountaineer, and he shared the numerous struggles and losses he battled with throughout his career including the difficult moments when he had lost his colleagues.
Join us this week on The INNERview to meet the world-class mountaineer, who has opened a second chapter in his life as a philanthropist to give back to Nepal through the Um Hong-gil Human Foundation.