A man named Göran Kropp from Sweden rode his bicycle to Nepal, climbed Mount Everest alone without Sherpas or bottled oxygen, then cycled back to Sweden again.

Göran Kropp

Lars Olof Göran Kropp (11 December 1966 – 30 September 2002) was a Swedish adventurer and mountaineer. He made a solo ascent of Mount Everest without bottled oxygen or Sherpa support in May 1996, for which he travelled by bicycle, alone, from Sweden and part-way back.

Early life

In 1972 Kropp’s father took him up Galdhøpiggen, Norway, the highest peak in Scandinavia. After finishing school, he served in the Swedish Parachute Rangers where he trained rigorously and met his future climbing partner Mats Dahlin.


In 1988, Kropp traveled to climb his first major peak, Lenin Peak (7134 meters high), located on the border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Kropp and his companions ascended the peak in a record time of… Continue Reading (5 minute read)

12 thoughts on “A man named Göran Kropp from Sweden rode his bicycle to Nepal, climbed Mount Everest alone without Sherpas or bottled oxygen, then cycled back to Sweden again.”

  1. twiggez-vous

    The relevant part of the article:

    > For his 1996 ascent, Kropp left Stockholm on 16 October 1995, on a specially-designed bicycle with 108 kilograms (238 lb) of gear and food. He traveled 13,000 kilometres (8,000 mi) on the bicycle and arrived at Everest Base Camp in April 1996. Following a meeting of all of the Everest expeditions on the mountain at the time, it was agreed that Kropp would attempt to summit first. On 3 May, Kropp climbed through thigh-deep snow and reached Everest’s South Summit, a point 100 metres (328 ft) from the summit. However, he decided to turn around because it was too late in the day and if he continued, he would be descending in the dark. While Kropp recovered from the ordeal at base camp, the 1996 Everest Disaster unfolded. He helped bring medicine up the mountain. Three weeks later, on 23 May, he again tackled the mountain, this time successfully summitting without extra oxygen support. He then cycled part of the way back home.

    A few observations:

    – 13,000km over 6 months cycling from Stockholm to Everest Base Camp averages out to around 70km/day – quite doable!

    – Several people died in the 1996 Everest Disaster. To still ascend the peak three weeks afterwards, without oxygen, is either foolhardy or incredibly brave, or a mixture of both.

  2. FluffyDiscipline

    It sounds like he just went out for a leisurely bike ride one day and happened to end up on mount everest

  3. DarkPasta

    Fun fact, “Kropp” means “Body” in Swedish.

  4. pizdoli

    If you’re going to summit Everest, you’re going to want to have good cardio.

  5. whatzen

    He was my hero growing up. I went to see a talk he did afterward and it was incredibly inspiring. I am not an adventurer as he was, but he inspired in so many other ways. A truly wonderful person. Made my way to Nepal myself later on life and I’m sure it was very much thanks to Göran.

    Sort of also remember that he did have help from Sherpas, at least he said he wanted to bring his Sherpa friends to Sweden next time. No oxygen though to the summit.

  6. creperobot

    Me and a friend got to extract the diary from his laptop for this trip.

    Edit: spelling

  7. keepsummersafe55

    He made a video of this journey called “I Made it!” It was wonderful and he was a lovely human being too.

  8. buckfutter4life

    While training and preparing for the expedition, he lived in a tent to acclimatize. He used an old analog alarm clock to train for the unexpected; he randomly set the alarm in the dark, and when it rang – at the randomly set time – he’d go running 10 km times the amount of hours on the clock. I.e. if it rang at 4, he ran 40 km, if it rang at 11 he’d run 110 km.

    He truly was an iron man.

  9. MalevolentGoose

    Visst är det imponerande att han klarar av något sådant, men det Görans Kropp väldigt trött mot slutet

  10. azert1000

    “honey I’m going for a small tour I’ll be back in 5”

    “you didn’t tell me it was 5 MONTHS!”

  11. roamingdavid

    Ugh I can’t be bothered to drag the trash out to the street.

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