85-year-old dies during bid to become oldest Everest climber

An 85-year-old ex-Gurkha who was attempting to reclaim his title as the world's oldest person to summit Mount Everest died at base camp on May 6.

His record was broken in 2013 by 80-year-old Japanese Yuichiro Miura.

Eighty-five-year-old mountaineer Min Bahadur Sherchan, who previously held the title for world's oldest climber to top Mount Everest, died Saturday while attempting to reclaim the record, the Associated Press reports.

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

Min Bahadur Sherchan died at the Everest base camp on Saturday evening.

Sherchan is quoted on the page as saying he wanted to climb Mount Everest "for the morale of all people living in this earth" and "for protection of earth for all humankind and peace keeping in the world".

"My aim is not to break anybody's record, this is not a personal competition between individuals".




Sherchan had six great-grandchildren and 17 grandchildren.

Sherchan's death comes at a time when a record number of climbers have flocked to Everest.

He had been training for months ahead of the climb and was in good health. Hundreds have been trying to acclimatize before attempting to reach the summit.

Some mountaineers blamed crowding and poor planning for bottlenecks that delayed climbers at high altitudes and possibly contributed to several deaths.

This year is especially crowded because it is the last chance for climbers who were forced away by a devastating natural disaster in 2015.

Last year, the government issued permits to 289 climbers. This has rasied concerns about risky traffic jams on the mountain.

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