SEPANG: Although disappointed, Malaysia’s oldest climber James Lee Chong Meng, 68, who participated in the Lions Mount Everest Expedition (MEE) 2016 in Nepal, is glad to be able to return home safely.
He arrived at Kuala Lumpur 2 International Airport on an AirAsia flight at 3.44am Wednesday and was welcomed back by organising chairman Datuk Javern Lim and Lions staff.
Lee left for Kathmandu, Nepal on March 31 in his mission to reach the top of Mount Everest in 70 days but was forced to shelve the endeavour on May 19 due to severe weather.
This was despite having completed training and acclimatisation in six weeks and successfully reaching Mt Everest Camp 3 which is 7,300 metres above sea level at a temperature of -35 degrees Celsius.
Lee took the Lions MEE challenged themed, ‘Save Environment and Stay Healthy’ to promote environmental awareness and the ‘Malaysia Boleh’ spirit.