86-year-old Sherchan to scale Mount Everest

KATHMANDU — An 86-year-old former Gurkha soldier has announced his plans to climb Mount Everest, seeking to reclaim his record of world’s oldest person to summit the earth’s highest peak.

At a press conference organized by ‘Min Bahadur Everest Expedition’ campaign here Monday, Min Bahadur Sherchan, who hails from Tatopani in Myagdi, shared about his upcoming Everest expedition.

“I may be old in terms of age but I still have young courage. I will reach the peak of Everest come what may,” Sherchan told reporters.

The former British Gurkha, who had reached atop the Everest at the age of 76 in 2008 and recorded his name in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2010, told the media that he was fit from every aspects of climbing to begin an expedition to Mt Everest starting next month.

Campaign coordinator Jit Bahadur Gharti Magar shared that Sherchan would be climbing Everest for cause of world peace and protection for mother Earth besides winning back the record.

Sherchan is currently in a bid to break the 80-year-old Japanese national, Yuichiro Miura’s record and reclaim his title.

On the occasion, sociologist Prof Dr Krishna Bhattachan underscored the need for the government to support Sherchan’s cause, arguing that his ascend would add to the glory of Himalayan country like Nepal and its fellow citizens.