Nepal man, 85, dies trying to become oldest Everest climber

Jay Jacobs
May 7, 2017

His record was broken by a 80 year old Japanese in 2013.

Sherchan, 86, was attempting to scale the mountain to try to claim the title of the oldest man to climb the world's tallest peak.

Mountaineering official Gyanendra Shrestha, who is at the base camp, it was likely he died from a cardiac arrest.

Worldwide trekkers pass through a glacier at the Mount Everest base camp, Nepal.

Nepal's octogenarian mountaineer Min Bahadur Sherchan died on Everest Base Camp on Saturday, the second casualty this spring.

He had trained for months before the attempt and said he did not suffer from any respiratory problems and blood pressure was normal.

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He was born in the mountains so never had a problem with altitude or low levels of oxygen.

Prior to making his most recent attempt, Sherchan said he hoped to use the fame associated with twice holding such a record would help him spread a message of world peace in conflict-torn areas around the globe.

Mr Sherchan began climbing in 1960, when he ascended Mount Dhaulagiri, the world's seventh-highest mountain at 8,167m (26,795 ft), the Telegraph newspaper reported. He was not a professional climber, but had worked as an apple farmer, construction worker and hotel manager in Kathmandu.

Officials of the Nepali Department of Tourism which issues climbing permits has not confirmed his death so far.

The 2015 season was scrapped after 19 climbers were killed and 61 injured by an avalanche at the base camp triggered by a massive quake.

The former British Gurkha soldier, who was said to be in good physical shape, set out for Everest last month with his team of six Sherpas. In 2014, an avalanche at the Khumbu Icefall killed 16 Sherpa guides.

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