85-Year-Old Gurkha Dies Attempting Record Everest Climb
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85-Year-Old Gurkha Dies Attempting Record Everest Climb

Min Bahadur Sherchan was trying to regain the record title from Japan's Yuichiro Miura, who climbed Everest aged 80 in 2013.

85-Year-Old Gurkha Dies Attempting Record Everest Climb

An 85-year-old Gurkha who was attempting to become the oldest person to climb Mount Everest has died.

Min Bahadur Sherchan was trying to regain the record title from Japan's Yuichiro Miura, who climbed Everest aged 80 in 2013.

He died at the base camp on Saturday evening for cardiac arrest, according to a mountaineering official.

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

Forces News interviewed Mr Sherchan during his preparation last February: 

At the time, he said:

"I'm really excited to do it, very happy and looking forward to the challenge. I want to use my attempt to spread a message of peace and as a campaign to save the planet."

Mr Sherchan did not have problems with high altitude and the low level of oxygen in the mountains because he was born there.

The grandfather of 17 and great-grandfather of six first scaled Everest in May 2008, when he was 76, and at the time declared the oldest climber.

He then tried again in 2013, at the age of 81, but was forced to abort after issues in getting a permit in time.

His love of mountaineering began in 1960 when he was assigned by the Nepalese government as a liaison officer for the Swiss team climbing Mount Dhaulagiri.

He later became an apple farmer and constructed roads and dams before settling down to run hotels in Kathmandu.

Before leaving for the climb, Mr Sherchan started a crowdfunding campaign.