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Mount Everest and CUG

May 15, 2020  

Mount Everest, the main peak of the Himalayas, is the highest mountain in the world. It is the dream of many people to climb onto the top of the Earth. Its name in Tibetan, Qomolangma, means “Goddess Mother of the World” or “Goddess of the Valley”. 10 CUG members have reached the summit of Mount Everest 9 times since the establishment of CUG.

WANG Fuzhou, CUG alumnus from the Geology Department, and his teammates reached the top of Mount Everest from the north slope at 4:20 AM on May 25, 1960. It was the first time that somebody had ascended the world’s highest peak from the north slope, and WANG was the first Chinese mountaineer to reach the top of Mount Everest.

A joint mountaineering team from China, Japan, and Nepal reached the summit of Mount Everest in 1988. As a member of the team, LI Zhixin, CUG alumnus from the Hydrology Department, made his trip to the summit from the north slope despite his frostbitten feet on May 5.

WANG Yongfeng, CUG alumnus from the Hydrology Department, successfully reached the South Col from the south slope in 1988. And on May 5, 1993, he climbed Mount Everest with the joint mountaineering team from both sides of the Taiwan straits. Afterward, WANG reached the summit from the north slope in 2007 and 2008.

Tsring Norbu,then a junior student majoring in Geophysical Prospecting, participated in the joint mountaineering team from China and Slovakia and reached the summit on May 19, 1998, becoming the first Chinese university student standing on the peak of Mount Everest.

Ten years later, another junior student named YUAN Fudong (the one holding a national flag in the photo) from the School of Mechanical Engineering and Electronic Information and 16 people put the Olympic flame on Mount Everest as torch bearers on May 8, 2008.

CUG mountaineering team members DONG Fan, CHEN Chen, Dechen Udrup, and Tsring Danda made it to the top on May 19, 2012. CUG mountaineering team became the first mountaineering team organized by a university to reach the summit of Mount Everest in China.

SHI Lei, CUG alumnus from the School of Sports Science and Physical Education succeeded in his third attempt to reach the summit on May 22, 2017.

CUG teachers and students on Mount Kosciuszko, Oceania’s highest mountain

For over 60 years, CUG members have successfully climbed more than 20 high-altitude peaks including Mount Everest, and visited the highest mountains on all seven continents as well as the North Pole and South Pole.


(Edited and translated from the Chinese version)

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