Luo Jing becomes first Chinese female mountaineer to conquer 14 eight-thousanders
Updated 20:04, 03-Oct-2018
Li Xiang
Chinese mountaineer Luo Jing reached the top of the 8.027-meter Shishapangma on Saturday, finishing the last of the 14 eight-thousanders and becoming China's first female climber for the accomplishment.
"I am a single mother and I want to influence other females, mothers particularly. I want to make them believe that they can do more if they open their mind. To reach the mountain peak is not the ultimate goal. What I am really excited about is to expand my possibilities. Others might not remember each and every peak I have ever climbed on, but the peaks will remember for sure that a Chinese woman has been there," said Luo.
Luo Jing conquered Mount Qomolangma in 2016. /VCG Photo

Luo Jing conquered Mount Qomolangma in 2016. /VCG Photo

42-year-old Luo Jing started her challenge to Shishapangma in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region in May for the first time. Though she failed when she got very close to the top at that time, Luo did not give up and finally conquered her last target.
Before Shishapangma, Luo already finished 13 of the world's 14 peaks that are higher than 8,000 meters, the eight-thousanders. She started her crusade in 2011 and reached the top of Manaslu in October of that year.
In July, 2014 Luo conquered Qogir (K2), the world's second highest mountain. Then two years later, she reached the top of Mount Qomolangma from the Nepal side. After finishing Broad Peak in July, 2017, Luo had only one more trip and that was Shishapangma, the last eight-thousander conquered by humans.
Himalayan mountain ranges /VCG Photo

Himalayan mountain ranges /VCG Photo

All the 14 peaks are located in the Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges with their summits in the death zone. It has been seen as a great honor to finish all of them in the mountaineering world.
In 2010, Edurne Pasaban from Spain became the first woman to conquer all the eight-thousanders. Then in August, 2011, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner from Austria finished the challenge without using supplementary oxygen. After Saturday, Luo Jing became the first Chinese woman to summit all 14 peaks.
(Top picture: Mount Shishapangma /VCG Photo)