Nepal man, 85, dies trying to become oldest Everest climber

Nepal man, 85, dies trying to become oldest Everest climber

A Nepalese man attempting to become the oldest person ever to scale Mt. Everest died Friday of undisclosed causes.

He told DPA that his inspirations were famous Nepali Sherpas Tenzing Norgay - who first reached the top of Mount Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953 - and Apa Sherpa, who has climbed the mountain the most times.

Nepal's Min Bahadur Sherchan, 86, who had sought to reclaim the crown of the world's oldest Qomolangma summiteers, died at the mountain base camp on Saturday evening. 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.

The increased number of climbers this year is likely because of people who were unable to climb in 2014 and 2015 who have returned, said Dinesh Bhattarai, chief of the Tourism Department, which handles all mountaineering affairs in Nepal.

In 2008, Min Bajadur Sherchan set the record as a 76-year-old, but it was broken by Japan's Yuichiro Miura in 2013, aged 80. He said he did not suffer from any respiratory problems and his blood pressure was normal.

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Mr Sherchan had said he meant to travel to conflict areas to spread a message of peace once he completed the Everest climb.

He was born in the mountains so never had a problem with altitude or low levels of oxygen.

Steck, 40, was in the area acclimatizing ahead of a bid to climb Everest through the less-climbed West Ridge route and traverse to Lhotse, the world's fourth highest peak at 27,940 feet this month.

He went on to be an apple farmer and constructed roads and dams before settling to down to manage hotels in Kathmandu.

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