86-year-old Nepali mountaineerdies on Mount Everest

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 May 2017 09:25:39


NEPAL’S 86-year-old mountaineer Min Bahadur Sherchan, who was once the oldest climber to scale the Mount Everest,died on Saturday at its base camp, leaving his dream tore-conquerthe world’stallest peak unfulfilled. Sherchan, a former British Gurkha who aimed at reclaiming the crown of oldest climber to ascend the 8,848-meter peak, died at 5:14PM local time while climbing, the “Himalayan Times” reported, citing multiple sources at the Mount Everest base camp, which is more than 5,000 metres above sea level.

He had left Kathmandu on April 16 to scale the peak. But the former soldier could not fulfil his dream to regain his lost title of being the oldest climber to scale the Everest.

Sherchan had scaled the Everest at the age of 76 in 2008 and recorded his name in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2010 as the oldest climber. Five years later, his record was broken by an 80-year-old Japanese national Yuichiro Miura. Earlier, Sherchan had made an attempt to scale the Everest in 2015 but could not make it due to the avalanches triggered by the great earthquake.