On November 2, 2017, KYZEN Employee TC Loy finally began his long-awaited quest to climb Mount Everest. After two years of preparation and delays due to Mother Nature, TC and a group of friends set out for Lukla, located in Northeastern Nepal, where locals welcomed them to the Himalayas (near Mount Everest) to begin their journey. Before beginning, TC (and all groups) had to hike to Namche Bazaar (11,482 feet) for two days and two nights to acclimatize before continuing to the South Mount Everest Base Camp to prevent altitude sickness.
On November 13 and after eight stops up the mountain, TC made it to Kala Patthar (TC pictured with KYZEN flag). Kala Patthar means “black rock” in Nepali and Hindi, and is a notable landmark located on the south ridge of Pumori in the Nepalese Himalayas.
On November 14, TC hiked to the Southern Facing Base Camp on Everest Nepal, which measures 17,598 ft. TC planted the KYZEN flag as a way to honor his KYZEN family in Malaysia and all over the world. He added, “I am especially grateful to my manager and co-workers because without their support and willingness to help with my work responsibilities while I was away, I would not have been able to fulfill one of my lifelong dreams.”
Before his return on November 27, TC visited Kathmandu, Bandipur and Chitwan – Nepal’s First National Park. While this was TC’s first climb above 5,000 m, he previously has climbed Mount Kinabalu, Sabah and Jade Mountain in Taiwan. TC has been a Sales Manager with KYZEN in Malaysia for close to 7 years, and he specializes in cleaning processes for the electronics and industrial industries.