Mount Everest: Min Bahadur Sherchan dies attempting record

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Mr Sherchan had a long rivalry with a Japanese climber

An 85-year-old Nepali man who was attempting to become the oldest person to climb Mount Everest has died at base camp, reports say.

Min Bahadur Sherchan, a former British Gurkha soldier, was trying to reclaim the record from Japan’s Yuichiro Miura, who climbed Everest aged 80 in 2013.

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

It comes a week after Swiss climber Ueli Steck, 40, died as he prepared to climb the mountain.

Mr Sherchan died at base camp on Saturday afternoon, officials at Nepal’s tourism office said. Doctors suspect he suffered a heart attack, the Kathmandu Post newspaper reported.

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

He first began climbing in 1960, when he climbed Mount Dhaulagiri, the world’s seventh-highest mountain at 8,167m (26,795 ft), and in 2003 walked the length of Nepal, the Telegraph newspaper reported.

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Mr Sherchan seen doing yoga in April ahead of the climb

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