KATHMANDU, Nepa At the age of 85, he died trying to reconquer Everest
This former Gurkha soldier in the British army was about to recover his title taken over by another octogenarian, the Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura, in 2013.
He died trying to reclaim the title of oldest person to climb Everest. An 85-year-old Nepalese man died on Saturday (May 6th) in a base camp on the mountain. The death of Min Bahadur Sherchan was announced by Gyanendra Shrestha, head of the Ministry of Tourism, who did not give the causes.
This former Gurkha soldier of the British army was about to reclaim his title taken over by another octogenarian, the Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura, in 2013 . The former Gurkha had the oldest climber ‘s world record in 2008 when he was 76 years old. Japanese Yuichiro Miura, then 80 years old, had dethroned him five years later on this summit of 8,848 meters.
“My goal is not to break anyone’s record, it’s not a personal competition between individuals. I only wish to beat my own performance, ” said Nepalese grandfather in February before resuming his ascent.
In 2015 he was on his way to base camp for another attempt when a devastating earthquake struck the country, forcing him and many other climbers to abandon their plans.
“I want to climb Everest to set a record so that it will inspire people to dream big,” he told German news agency DPA in March. “This will instil a sense of pride among old people like me.”
The death of Mr. Sherchan is the second to come this spring. In April, the Swiss mountaineer Ueli Steck , known to have tamed the most vertiginous summits of the planet , was accidentally deceased, the Kathmandu Post newspaper reported.
About 750 people should attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest from the end of May, high season for mountaineers. Before attacking the summit, candidates for the Everest traveled back and forth between the different camps for several weeks in order to accustom their organism to the extreme conditions of the very high altitude.