SINGAPORE - Three members of Singapore's Everest team arrived home on Monday evening, after a massive earthquake in Nepal on April 25 ended the team's dream of scaling the world's highest peak.
Teacher Yusrina Yaacob, 28, and brothers Zulkifli Latiff, 42, and Ismail Latiff, 36, both Singapore Civil Defence Force officers, arrived at Changi Airport at 8.15pm.
All three, from the Aluminaid Team Singapore Everest 2015, were at the Everest base camp when quake-triggered avalanches hit part of the camp. The team decided to end their mission to scale Everest on April 29, after consultations with their families and sponsors.
About 40 people were at Changi Airport Terminal 2 to received the trio, who came out of the arrival hall at 8.50pm. They included family members, friends and sponsors.
Ms Yusrina's mother, Madam Rosnani Ismail, 50, said: "I am glad that they have come home. During the past few days, I was so worried for their safety. I couldn't sleep and I couldn't eat."
Their two team members Seumas Yeo, a Singapore Management University economics graduate, and Hilwan Idrus, a computer programmer, were also at the arrival hall.
Mr Yeo returned to Singapore on April 29, after a surgery at Norvic International Hospital in Kathmandu.
He had earlier sustained an injury on April 15 during the team's Lobuche summit climb, and left the base camp on April 18, a week before the earthquake happened.
Mr Hilwan, the team captain, did not make the trip after suffering a stroke last year due to low oxygen levels and dehydration during a training expedition.
The team had earlier planned to scale Mount Everest to fly the Singapore flag to mark the nation's Golden Jubilee.
Mr Hilwan said: "We are not going to give up on our mission to scale Everest. But right now, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Nepal."
In the coming weeks, the team will be discussing with their sponsors on whether they should continue with the mission.