Khoo Swee Chiow, Singaporean adventurer, author and motivational speaker has conquered the mighty Mt Everest thrice, and the has broken several world records.

Khoo is also  the 1st South East Asian and the 4th person in the world to complete The Explorers Grand Slam.

Born on November 16, 1964 in Port Dickson, Malaysia, he dares to conquer the mighty challenges that faces him.

Currently he is recruiting some people to join him to climb Mt. Everest.Below.

So if anyone of you interested to be among the few in the world to break the record of climbing the highest mountains, then you could contact him in his facebook.

Expeditions and Feats

Mr Khoo feats include climbing the mighty Mount Everest in 1998 as a member of Singapore’s first Mount Everest expedition.

In 1999, he skied to the South Pole as the leader of Singapore first Antarctica expedition, covering a distance of 1,125 km in 57 days.

In 2001, he climbed Mount Ararat in Turkey together with six other Everest summitters from Turkey, Colombia, the United States and Mexico as part of a Peace Climb project to raise funds and promote international friendship.

In that same year, he climbed Shishapangma in Tibet becoming the first South East Asian to climb an 8,000-metre peak without supplemental oxygen.

In 2002, he skied to the North Pole with Arctic guide Paul Landry and a dog named Apu, after failing the previous year due to frostbite on a finger.

Khoo becomes the first South East Asian and the fourth person in the world to complete “The Adventure Grand Slam,” that is, the South Pole, the North Pole and the Seven Summits.

He lost his bid to sail around the world in 2003, as his expedition was canceled due to lack of funding during the SARS outbreak and Iraq War period.

In that same year, he cycled from Singapore to Beijing in 73 days covering 8,066 km. In 2004, Khoo attempted to climb Mount Everest without oxygen but had to turn back 400 metres below the summit due to exhaustion.

On December 5, 2004, he successfully swam the Straits of Malacca from Tanjung Rupat in Indonesia to Port Dickson, in 22 hours over a distance of 40 km. He had been inspired to perform this feat at the age of six, after watching a Japanese man who was the first man to ever swim across the straits, starting his swim in front of his house. His attempt at swimming the English Channel in the summer of 2005, however, was unsuccessful due to hypothermia.

On December 25, 2005, Khoo broke the world record for the longest scuba dive done in a controlled environment, in this case in a tank. He stayed in the mineral-water-filled tank at Tampines Central for 220 hours, breaking the record by 7 hours and 30 minutes, surpassing British diver Michael Steven’s 1986 record.[citation needed]

On May 23, 2006, together with Malaysian CEO Vincent Loh, age 51, Khoo reached the summit of Mount Everest for a second time, making him the only South East Asian to summit Mt Everest twice.

World records

In December 2005, broke the Guinness World Record of the Longest Scuba Submergence (controlled environment). Khoo spent 220 hours underwater as opposed to the previous record of 212.5 hours. The record was subsequently broken on August 30, 2009 by Cem Karabay and now stands at 240 hours.

On January 21, 2008, Khoo completed the World’s Longest Journey on Inline Skates by skating from Hanoi, Vietnam to Singapore, a total of 6088 km in 94 days. This is Khoo’s second Guinness World Record. His motto is “Dare To Dream”.


Khoo is married to Wee Leng, she is an adventurer in her own right. She was in the Singapore National Dragon Boat Team, Co-leader of 1st Singapore Team to Eco-Challenge Sabah 2000 and has completed 2 marathons. Wee Leng is the 1st Singaporean woman to climb Aconcagua (6962m), the highest peak in South America and one of the 7 Summits that Khoo has climbed. Together they have a son and daughter.


In August 2003, Khoo published his first book called Journeys to the Ends of the Earth. His second book Singapore to Beijing on a Bike was published in June 2007.

Swee Chiow launched his 3rd book “World’s Longest Journey on Skates” on 28 Feb 2009. 

Swee Chiow’s 2nd book, Singapore to Beijing on a Bike is launched on 16 June 2007 and is now available in bookstores.

Swee Chiow’s Inspirational Book,Journeys to the Ends of the Earth

Mr Khoo with AirAsia on Altitude X

Currently he is looking for adventurers to join him to climb Mt. Everest for the epci year of 2012. Anyone interested can contact him through his facebook @KhooSweeChiow

Abdul Malik Omar
The AMO Times

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