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Twenty-six climbers, comprising 20 Malaysians and six Bruneians jointly raised the giant Jalur Gemilang at the Everest base camp (EBC) at about 10.20 am local time yesterday (12.05 pm Malaysian time). -- Bernama photo

KUALA LUMPUR: Twenty-six climbers, comprising 20 Malaysians and six Bruneians jointly raised the giant Jalur Gemilang at the Everest base camp (EBC) at about 10.20 am local time yesterday (12.05 pm Malaysian time).

The giant Jalur Gemilang measuring 12 metres by six metres and weighing 11 kilogrammes was successfully raised in conjunction with the 62nd National Day and Malaysia Day celebrations. The group had taken nine days trekking through the 65-kilometre distance from Lukla to Gorak Shep, Nepal.

The expedition to EBC was also participated by actor Azhan Rani and five media personnel, namely Berita Harian reporters Zainuri Misfar and Abdul Razak Raaff; Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) photographer Mohd Faizol Abdul Aziz; and Kosmo! reporter Norzasrudin Mohamed.

The 16-day expedition, organised by Summit Attack Resources (SAR) and led by Mohd Fakhrul Munir Mohd Isa, who is also a Fire Department personnel from Kuala Kubu Bahru Central Region Fire Rescue Academy, was flagged off by National Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye on Aug 31.

Mohd Fakhrul, when contacted by Bernama, said the main challenges faced by climbers were the extreme weather and temperature, as well as the risk of acute mountain sickness (AMS).

"We started climbing from a 2,700- metre height at Lukla on Sept 2.

"Some of the participants managed to conquer the peak of Mount Kala Patthar at a height of 5,550 metres," he added.

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 to every corner of the world through this expedition," he added. -- Bernama

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