They say age is just a number, and Mount Everest is just a mountain.

The oldest Malaysian attempting to scale the tallest mountain in the world has reportedly reached the halfway point.

James Lee, 69, reportedly arrived at the peak of Lobuche East on Wednesday morning, according to Bernama.

Lobuche East is 6,145 metres above sea level, in case you were wondering.

Lee told the news agency that he and two other sherpa guides, Ngaa Tenji and Pasang Sherpa, successfully reached Lobuche East from the Lobuche High Camp at around 10.30am Nepal time.

"The view here is beautiful," Lee said in a video sent to Bernama on Thursday.

Lobuche is a small settlement near Mount Everest in the Khumbu region of Nepal, and is one of the last stops with lodging on the "trail to base camp". Hikers would have to pass through Lobuche and the trail to make their way up to the summit of Mount Everest.

James Lee is halfway there.
According to the news report, Lee and the two sherpa guides would reportedly would return to the Everest Base Camp before attempting to scale Mount Everest in May.

On 3 April, Lee and two other members of the Lions Club Port Dickson Pantai (LCPDP) departed Lukla, a town in north-eastern Nepal, as they began their journey to the summit. The two members reportedly accompanied Lee until the Everest Base Camp before taking a flight home to Malaysia last Tuesday.

Oh, here's the most interesting bit: this is actually Lee's second attempt at conquering Mount Everest.

In May 2016, he managed to ascend to Camp III at 7,200 metres, but he was forced to abandon his final hike to the summit due to bad weather.

We have a feeling that second time's the charm.