An 8-Year-Old Hiked The Tallest Mountain In Taiwan To Fulfill His Promise To Late Mother
8-year-old Tzou Ze Gang spent two days trekking and hiking 21.8km to conquer the tallest mountain in Taiwan, Jade Mountain (Yu Shan)
Mothership.sg reported that Tzou reached the peak with a portrait of his mother who passed away last year in his bag pack.
His father, Pin Wei Gang, who accompanied him on the trek from 18 until 20 August, alongside two other family friends, wrote about the experience in a moving Facebook post.
According to his father, Tzou was only four years old when his mother told him a story about the Jade Mountain.
Tzou was determined to climb it with her, but she had to undergo a leg surgery that stopped them from hiking together.
His mother told him, "When you explore the world in the future, you can bring Mummy's things along."
Unfortunately, she passed away last year from an illness.
Tzou held on to the promise he made to her and was determined to fulfill the pact they made.
Pin said he had to keep the young boy motivated as they prepared for the challenging hike. He would tell his son, "Yu Shan is the highest point in Taiwan, I'm sure we'll be closer to Mummy over there."
At the top of the mountain, the young boy exclaimed in delight, "Mummy! We've reached the top, I carried you to the peak of Jade Mountain!"
Before the journey, the four brave climbers were met with a few challenges.
They initially planned to set off on 17 August, but were stalled by heavy rains and thunderstorms and could only set off on their trek a day later.
Tzou's father shared that his son powered through dizziness, breathlessness, and nausea. They had to take multiple rest stops.
However, Tzou survived the final 200 metres like a champ.
Netizens are touched by the young boy's dedication and left encouraging comments on his father's Facebook post
One user wrote, "Great job Xiao Gang! Your mum in heaven will be proud of you; continue to do your best in the future! Good luck, I love you."
"You guys are really, really, really awesome! Stay the way you are, work hard, and be fulfilled! Your mum will always be by your side. Daddy Tzou, it's been tough on you, your wife will definitely be proud of you!" said another netizen.
This user said, "Kid you're awesome, I'm sure your mum has seen everything! Thanks dad for sharing this moving trekking account with us too, you guys have really worked hard. All the best!"