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Khoo Swee Chiow scales 8,463m Makalu peak in Nepal

Local adventurer Khoo Swee Chiow claims to have summited Nepal’s Makalu – the fifth highest peak in the world at 8,463m – earlier this week, following a “very long and tough” expedition in which a team member died.

KATHMANDU: Local adventurer Khoo Swee Chiow claims to have summited Nepal’s Makalu – the fifth highest peak in the world at 8,463m – earlier this week, following a “very long and tough” expedition.

Khoo, 49, said in a press release on Friday (May 23) that he reached the summit with two team members and four sherpas at 6.45am on Monday, May 19, after a climb of 12.5 hours.

One of his team members - Frenchman Yannick Gagneret, 39 - died earlier in the six-week expedition on May 2, while two others aborted the climb, according to Khoo.

"Weather was good, but tough peak. Finally, it's over after a long wait. Time to go home," he posted in his official website.

This is his fifth peak Khoo beyond 8,000m has summited. Fewer than 400 have reached the peak of Makalu, compared to about 4,000 for Mt Everest, the world's tallest mountain, which is about 20km from Makalu.

The adventurer, who turns 50 in November, was the first person in South-East Asia and the fourth in the world to complete the “Explorers Grand Slam”, which includes reaching both the North and South Pole as well as scaling the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.

Khoo is now in Kathmandu and will return to Singapore on May 26.

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