Man, 85, dies while trying to reclaim record of world's oldest man to climb Everest

Man, 85, dies while trying to reclaim record of world's oldest man to climb Everest

- An 85-year-old man has died while trying to scale Mount Everest

- He previously held the title of world's oldest man to climb the mountain

- However, it was broken by another climber and he was trying to reclaim it

An 85-year-old Nepalese man has passed away while trying to reclaim a record he held previously as the world's oldest man to climb Mount Everest.

It is believed that Min Bahadur Sherchan suffered a suspected heart attack at the world's tallest mountain's base camp on Saturday, May 6.

However, the cause of his death has not been officially confirmed, as results of postmortem tests are still awaited.

Man, 85, dies while trying to reclaim record of world's oldest man to climb Everest

Min Bahadur Sherchan died while trying to reclaim his record

Upon commencing his climb, Sherchan had reportedly said: "I will either come back dead, or I will successfully ascend the Mount Everest."

In 2008 he became the world's oldest climber to have scaled the mountain, aged 76.

Man, 85, dies while trying to reclaim record of world's oldest man to climb Everest

In 2008 he became the world's oldest climber to scale Mount Everest, but the record was broken in 2013

However, his record was broken by 80-year-old Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura in 2013.

Local authorities flew Sherchan's body by helicopter to Kathmandu on Sunday, May 7. A funeral was held and his body cremated later on the same day.

Man, 85, dies while trying to reclaim record of world's oldest man to climb Everest

Sherchan's body was flown by helicopter to Kathmandu where a funeral service was held and his body cremated

Following Sherchan's passing, the Nepalese government has been urged to set an age limit for older climbers. Currently, there is only a minimum age limit of 16 years.

Ang Tshering, spokesperson of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, said: "It is very necessary to immediately bring that age limit law. If there had been a limit, the loss of his life could have been prevented."

Man, 85, dies while trying to reclaim record of world's oldest man to climb Everest

Sherchan's wife grieves

Watch the moment Sherchan was recognized as the world's oldest man to climb Mount Everest back in 2008 in the video below.

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