KUALA LUMPUR: Twenty-six climbers involving 20 Malaysians and six Bruneians jointly raised the giant Jalur Gemilang at the Everest Base Camp (EBC) at about 10.20am Nepal time (12.05pm Malaysian time) on Tuesday.
The giant Jalur Gemilang measuring 12m by 6m and weighing 1kg was successfully raised in conjunction with the 62nd National Day and Malaysia Day celebrations after the group took nine days trekking through the 65km distance from Lukla to Gorak Shep, Nepal.
Joining in the expedition was Nur 2 drama actor Azhan Rani and five media personnel, namely Berita Harian journalist Zainuri Misfar and Abdul Razak Raaff, Bernama photographer Mohd Faizol Abdul Aziz and Kosmo! journalist Norzasrudin Mohamed.
The 16-day expedition, organised by Summit Attack Resources (SAR), was led by Mohd Fakhrul Munir Mohd Isa, who is also a Fire Department personnel from Kuala Kubu Baru Central Region Fire Rescue Academy.
It was flagged off by National Occupational Safety and Health chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye on Aug 31.
Fakhrul said the main challenges faced by climbers were the extreme weather and temperature as well as the risk of acute mountain sickness.
“We started climbing from a 2,700m height at Lukla on Sept 2.
“Some of the participants managed to conquer the peak of Mount Kala Patthar at a height of 5,550m, ” he said.
Meanwhile, Azhan said it was an exciting expedition as he had the opportunity to raise and fly the Jalur Gemilang on EBC and conquer Kala Patthar summit for the first time.
“In line with the National Day celebration theme, ‘Sayangi Malaysiaku: Malaysia Bersih’, we want to promote the spirit of patriotism in every corner of the world through this expedition, ” he said. — Bernama