Elango proudest moment, fly the Jalur Gemilang on the top of Everest
KUALA LUMPUR: For a die-hard Malaysian mountaineer, there is nothing more proud than successfully flying the Jalur Gemilang on the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest.
That’s what N. Elanghovan, 64, felt after successfully climbing to the top of Mount Everest recently, thus becoming the oldest Malaysian to successfully conquer the world’s highest peak.
According to him, he was about 10 minutes at the top of the mountain which has a height of 8,849 meters in cold temperature and windy and extremely cold weather.
“I felt as if I was on top of the world…it was the most precious and proud moment in my life. It was like carrying the Olympic gold medal,” he said.
The success he created allowed him to be recognized as the oldest Malaysian to climb Mount Everest by the Malaysia Book of Records (MBOR).
“I feel very proud holding the Malaysian flag on the highest peak in the world. It gives me deep satisfaction after years of preparation and hard training to conquer the summit of Mount Everest,” he said.
Better known as Elango, he admitted to feeling very tired when he reached the top of Mount Everest.
“The windy and very cold weather made me feel dizzy… but after a few minutes, I realized that I was at the highest peak in the world.
“There are no words that can express how I felt at that time…before I managed to conquer several peaks and hills, but this experience is very unique and different compared to the success of conquering other mountain peaks,” he said.
Elango, who was part of an expedition team of three climbers including T. Ravichandran, 57, better known as Ravi Everest, successfully conquered the summit of Everest at 9.17am Nepal time (11.32am Malaysia time) on May 12.
Elango said Malaysia, a country rich in the beauty of its flora and fauna, should continue to preserve this gift of nature for the sake of future generations and the well-being of the people.
“Malaysia is a country rich in biodiversity, as Malaysians, we should be grateful and proud of the resources available in this country. We need to protect our forests and environment for sustainability as a way of expressing patriotism,” he said.
Elango said throughout his experience climbing and conquering mountain peaks, the average climbers he met had various backgrounds and cultures.
“But we remain friendly and friends and are always ready to lend a helping hand and encourage each other until we succeed in conquering a certain destination or mountain top,” he said.
After successfully climbing the world’s highest peak located in the Asian continent, Elango is now planning to complete the climb to the Seven Summits, which are the seven peaks of the highest mountains from the seven continents in the world.
He successfully conquered Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa (5,895 meters) in August 2016.
After this, he intends to conquer the summit of Mount Denali (6,194 meters) in Alaska, North America; Mount Aconcagua (6,961 meters) in Argentina, South America; Mount Elbrus (5,642 meters) in Russia, Europe; Mount Vinson Massif (4,892 meters) in Antarctica and Mount Kosciuszko (2,228 meters) in Australia.
source – BERNAMA