Malaysia’s oldest climber sets out for Everest

Malaysia’s oldest mountain climber James Lee Chong Meng (pic) has begun his journey to conquer the 8,848m-high Mount Everest.

The 68-year-old retired engineer set out for his Lions Mount Expedition Everest (MEE) 2016 expedition to the Everest Base Camp in Lukla yesterday.

If Lee succeeds in his mission, he will create a record as the oldest man in South-East Asia and first Ma­laysian Chi­nese to climb the world’s highest mountain.

He said he was ready.

 Lee, a mountain climbing enthusiast with more than 20 years’ experience has conquered more than 20 mountains, including Mount Kina­balu, Indonesia’s Mount Rinjani, Japan’s Mount Fuji and Nepal’s Mount Ama Dablam.

He is expected to take about 70 days to reach the peak of Mount Everest.

Two escort climbers, Sherine Leong, 40, and Desmond Lee, 56, will accompany Lee up to base camp.


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