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.
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.