Lonely Planet Writer

Watch as an 11-year-old Chinese boy with no legs makes impressive climb up Mount Lao

With their national team taking the medal table by storm in the Paralympic games, a pair of intrepid legless Chinese climbers attempted an inspiring achievement themselves this week by ascending part of Mount Lao near Qingdao city.

32-year old motivational speaker Chen Zhou and 11-year old Gao Zhiyu on the trail of Mount Lao.
32-year old motivational speaker Chen Zhou and 11-year old Gao Zhiyu on the trail of Mount Lao. Image by VCG via Getty Images
Legless Chinese climbers
The pair climbed over mixed terrain, including sandy inclines and extremely steep stone steps. Image by VCG via Getty Images

The impressive effort was made by 11-year old Gao Zhiyu from Jimo in Shandong Province and 32-year old motivational speaker Chen Zhou from Linyi.  The pair ascended the mountain using wooden blocks with handle grips to walk and rest on.

The pair used handmade wooden blocks with grips to make the impressive ascent.
The pair used handmade wooden blocks with grips to make the impressive ascent. Image by VCG via Getty Images

Following over five hours of climbing, the pair arrived at a 900-metre high site at Mount Lao. The mixed terrain included steep sandy inclines and a number of stone steps.

The climbers reached the height of 900 metres during the attempt.
The climbers reached the height of 900 metres during the attempt. Image by VCG via Getty Images

Both of the climbers lost their legs in separate accidents when they were young. Having seen news about his past climbing efforts, Gao Zhiyu invited his hero to make the attempt with him, who gladly obliged to the delight of the 11-year old.