Hong Kong woman sets record for fastest ascent of Mount Everest

Climbers on Mount Everest
Over 350 mountaineers have summited Everest so far this season (Image credit: Westend61)

On Thursday May 27th, Hong Kong mountaineer Tsang (“Ada”) Yin-hung recorded the fastest ascent of Mount Everest by a woman with a time of under 26 hours, smashing the previous record by more than 13 hours. 

Yin-hung, 44, set off from the Mount Everest basecamp on the Khumbu Glacier at 1:20 pm on Saturday, May 22nd, and reached the summit of the 8,848.86-meter (29,031 ft.) peak at 3:10 pm the next day, recording a time of just 25 hours and 50 minutes. 

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Yin-hung became the first Hong Kong woman to summit the planet’s tallest peak in 2017, and this week’s successful ascent was her third attempt at reaching the top. The fastest known ascent of Everest by a woman was previously held by Nepali Phunjo Jhangmu Lama, who summited in 39 hours 6 minutes in 2018. 

Yin-hung’s new record is the latest in a succession of notable achievements on Everest so far this season, following Kenton Cool’s 15th ascent (breaking his own British record), Arthur Muir becoming the oldest American (at 75 years old) to summit the mountain last Sunday, and Kami Rita Sherpa claiming two new records by becoming the first to summit twice in the space of a week and then breaking his own record for most ascents by reaching the peak for a remarkable 25th time on May 7th. According to the Nepal Tourism Department, over 350 mountaineers have summited Everest so far this spring. 

Kieran Cunningham

Former Advnture editor Kieran is a climber, mountaineer, and author who divides his time between the Italian Alps, the US, and his native Scotland.

He has climbed a handful of 6000ers in the Himalayas, 4000ers in the Alps, 14ers in the US, and loves nothing more than a good long-distance wander in the wilderness. He climbs when he should be writing, writes when he should be sleeping, has fun always.

Kieran is the author of 'Climbing the Walls', an exploration of the mental health benefits of climbing, mountaineering, and the great outdoors.