KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 — Malaysia’s oldest mountaineer, James Lee Chong Meng is set to begin his quest to conquer Mount Everest today.
This is the 69-year-old Lee’s second attempt to climb Mount Everest as part of the ‘The Lion Mount Everest Expedition (MEE) 2017’, organised by the Lions Club of Port Dickson Pantai (LCPDP).
In May last year, Lee had to call off the last stage of his climb to the Mount Everest peak when he reached Camp III at a height of 7,200 metres due to bad weather. Mount Everest is 8,848 metres high.
Lions MEE public relations and publicity officer Sherine Leong said Lee departed from the Tribhuwan Domestic Airport Terminal in Kathmandu for Nepal to go to Lukla about noon today, and was expected to arrive 45 minutes later.
“At Lukla, Lee and his team will move to Phakding and spend the night there before continuing the journey to several other stopovers,” she told Bernama.
Last Saturday, Lee and his team arrived in Kathmandu at 10.15pm (Nepal time).
Two other mountaineers with him are Eugene Kwan Jyh Sin, 47, and Chong Nyuk Kooi, 49.
Kwan and Chong will accompany Lee to the Mount Everest Base Camp, and Lee will then continue the climb to the peak.
Lee will take with him two important MEE messages, namely to encourage people of every age to work to attain good health and be active in community activities, and urge the public to preserve the environment.
The Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) is the media partner on the expedition. — Bernama
Source: Malay Mail