Nepali pensioner dies during bid to climb Mount Everest

Nepali pensioner dies during bid to climb Mount Everest

An 85-year-old former Gurkha soldier died at the Mount Everest base camp on Saturday, attempting to regain his title as the world's oldest person to scale the world's highest peak.

Sherchan lost the record five years later when Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura summited the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) peak at the age of 80. He had left for the Everest base camp last Sunday, leading a seven-member team.

Sherpa guides struggled with high winds and snow Friday to prepare the final route to the top of Mount Everest, with a record number of climbers hoping to reach the summit this season, officials said. He was the grandfather of 17, and the great-grandfather of six, the website reported.

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Mr Miura broke Mr Sherchan's own record set as a 76-year-old in 2008.

"He passed away at the base camp today at 5:14 p.m.", Gyanendra Shrestha, an official with the tourism ministry, told Agence France-Presse (via Deutsche Welle) on Saturday.

His long rivalry with Mr Miura - a year his junior - included a 2013 attempt to reclaim the record aged 81 that had to be abandoned after late spring weather conditions worsened.

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He trained for months before the attempt and was not believed to suffer from any respiratory problems.

Before leaving for the mountain last month, Sherchan, from Nepal, had told the Associated Press that once he had completed the climb and become famous, he meant to travel to conflict areas to spread a message of peace.

He was born in the mountains so never had a problem with altitude or low levels of oxygen. He was not a professional climber, but had worked as an apple farmer, construction worker and hotel manager in Kathmandu.

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