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Singapore explorer to tackle unexplored Himalayan peaks in May Mr David Lim, who led Singapore’s first historic ascent of Mount Everest in 1998, will attempt to scale a 6,000-metre peak in the Annapurna region of Nepal followed by a four-kilometre traverse from the summit on a "knife-edge ridge". SINGAPORE: Local explorer and mountaineer David Lim will be attempting a Himalayan traverse expedition this month. Mr Lim is the man who led Singapore’s first two ascents of Mount Everest in 1998 and 2001, and has conquered many of the world's peaks despite suffering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare nerve disorder that left him partially handicapped. For his latest adventure, the journey will begin from the village of Pisang, about two days west of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. From Pisang, the team will hike for several days to reach a base camp at a height of 4.5-kilometres. From here, the actual climb will begin with the ascent of Chulu Far East Peak, a 6-kilometre peak north of the Annapurna range, according to his press release. Chulu Far East was first climbed in 1955 by a German team led by Heinz Steinmetz. However, Mr Lim said most of the range east of the peak remained unexplored. His team plans to traverse for over 5.7-kilometres eastwards, which he estimated will take about three or four days, to the Kangla Himal range of peaks. The planned expedition at the Annapurna Range. (Map: David Lim) Along the way, Mr Lim also plans to ascend one or two unclimbed, or virgin peaks. In 2005, he led a team that made the first Southeast Asian ascents of three virgin peaks along the Kazakh-Kyrgyz border. They are now officially known as Temasek, Singapura I, and Ong Teng Cheong Peaks. In 2009 and 2012, he also climbed other virgin peaks, included two that he named Majulah Peak and Sangay Ri. These were the highest virgin peaks climbed by Southeast Asian mountaineers at the time, said Mr Lim. - CNA/mz
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