Waving the Jalur Gemilang on top of Everest

KUALA LUMPUR: Nothing could make a Malaysian mountaineer more proud and delighted than holding the Jalur Gemilang atop Mount Everest, which is the tallest mountain in the world.

That’s how 64-year-old N. Elanghovan felt when he recently summited Mount Everest, making him the oldest Malaysian to do so.

He said he was on top of the 8,849-meter mountain for about 10 minutes and conditions were windy and freezing.

“It made me feel like I was on top of the world…the greatest moment of my life being on top of the mountain. It’s like winning a gold medal at the Olympics,” did he declare.

This feat earned him a place in the Malaysia Book of Records (MBOR) as the oldest Malaysian to do so.

“I felt very proud to carry the Malaysian flag to the top of the world. It gave immense satisfaction to have prepared and trained for the feat for so many years,” he told Bernama.

Elanghovan, affectionately known as Elango, said he was extremely tired by the time he reached the summit of Mount Everest.

“It was very windy and cold, I was stunned. It took me a few minutes for the moment to sink into me, for me to be on top of Mount Everest.

“No words can really describe the feeling… I climbed and reached the top of a few hills and mountains, but the feeling was different. The view from the top (of Mount Everest) was breathtaking… I can only see clouds and the tops of other mountains,” he added.

Elango was part of a three-man expedition team that included 57-year-old T. Ravichandran, also known as Ravi Everest, who reached the summit of Mount Everest at 9:17 a.m. Nepal time (11 a.m.). 32 Malaysian time) on May 12.

He said Malaysia is rich in flora and fauna and everyone should take responsibility to preserve nature’s gift for the well-being of the people and for the benefit of future generations.

“Malaysia is a country rich in biodiversity. As Malaysians, we should be grateful and proud of the resources available in the country. We must protect our forests and the environment, because by doing so we also show our love for the country,” he said.

Elango said on his hiking and trekking experiences that hikers come from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

“But, we all enjoyed each other’s company and we will encourage and motivate each other until we reach the destination or the summit.

Having reached the highest mountain peak in the world, Elango now plans to conquer the Seven Summits, the tallest mountains in each of the traditional seven continents. Climbing to the top of each of them is considered a mountaineering challenge.

He had reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895 meters) in Africa in August 2016.

He has yet to climb Mount Denali (6,194 meters) in Alaska, North America; Mount Aconcagua (6,961 meters) in Argentina, South America; Mt Elbrus (5,642 meters) in Russia, Europe; Massif of Mount Vinson (4,892 meters) in Antarctica and Mount Kosciuszko (2,228 meters) in Australia. – Bernama

Carol N. Valencia