A FORMER Gurkha has died while trying to climb Mt Everest in an attempt to regain his title of the oldest person to conquer the peak. Min Bahadur Sherchan, 85, died at the base camp on Saturday afternoon.
He had first scaled the peak in 2008 when he was 76, making him the oldest person to successfully climb it. But his record was broken in 2013 when 80-year-old Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura reached the summit. Previously speaking out about his quest to regain his title, the Nepalese mountain climber said: “My aim is not to break anybody’s record, this is not a personal competition between individuals. I wish to break my own record.”
The cause of death of Sherchan, a grandfather of 17, was not immediately clear.