KUALA LUMPUR – James Lee Chong Meng, the Malaysian mountaineer attempting to conquer Mount Everest will tomorrow head to Lobuche, Nepal, at 4,910m above sea level, as he makes his way to the Everest Base Camp.
The 69-year-old mountaineer and his team members are currently in Dingboche, (4,410m), having arrived there yesterday.
“The weather has been kind to us, we have been enjoying sunshine. I can say that everybody is in good condition.
“Tomorrow, we’ll be moving from Dingboche to Lobuche, this will be another heavy trek,” he said in an audio recording sent to the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama), a media partner of the oldest Malaysian mountaineer’s mission to reach the world’s highest peak.
Meanwhile, Lions Mount Everest Expedition (MEE) public relations officer Sherine Leong said the trek to Lobuche would take about six hours, depending on weather conditions.
She said Lee was doing acclimatisation exercise today before heading to Lobuche.
After Lobuche, Lee is expected to trek to Gorakshep (5,164m) on April 11 before reaching the base camp (5,380m) the next day.
Lee and his team arrived in Kathmandu on April 1.
The five other climbers with him 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 32.
They are escorting Lee to the Everest Base Camp before Lee continues his climb to the top of the summit in the expedition organised by the Lions Club of Port Dickson Pantai.
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 7,200m due to bad weather. Mount Everest is 8,848m high.- BERNAMA