KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s oldest mountaineer James Lee Chong Meng left for Namche Bazaar, about 11.3 kilometres away from Phakding, today in his quest to conquer Mount Everest.
The Lions Mount Everest Expedition (MEE) 2017 public relations and publicity officer Sherine Leong said the journey to Namche Bazaar, located at a height of 3,446 metres above sea level, would take between five and six hours.
“After spending the night over there, Lee and his team will continue their journey to Khumjung, located at a height of 3,790 metres, to acclimatise and will return to Namche Bazaar to rest,” she said when contacted by Bernama here today.
Leong said Lee and the team members would then continue their journey to Tengboche Monastery on April 7.
However, any changes to the schedule would be subjected to weather conditions, she added.
This is the second attempt for Lee, 69, to climb the 8,848-metre high Mount Everest as part of the MEE 2017 mission organised by by the Lions Club of Port Dickson Pantai (LCPDP).
In May last year, Lee was forced to call off his final ascent to Mount Everest’s summit when he reached Camp III at 7,200 metres height due to bad weather.
The team arrived in Kathmandu at 10.15pm (Nepal time) last Saturday. Joining Lee are Eugene Kwan Jyh Sin, 47; Chong Nyuk Kooi, 49; Teng Hee Weng, 48; as well as Berdych Tan Teck Chai and Jack Oh Jin Heng, both aged 32.
They 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, besides urging the public to preserve the environment.
The Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) is the media partner of the expedition. – BERNAMA