Oldest Mount Everest climber conquers world's highest peak

A Nepalese grandfather who climbed Mount Everest at age 76 has been officially recognised by Guinness World Records as the oldest person to conquer the highest peak in the world.

Madhav Kumar Nepal, the country's prime minister, was among several dignitaries at a function in Katmandu to congratulate Min Bahadur Sherchan, now 78, after he received an official certificate from Guinness on Monday.

A former soldier in the British Army who quit his job to become a social worker, is now the proud holder of the record, vanquishing professional Japanese climber and skiier Yuichiro Miura.

Mr Sherchan scaled the 29,035-foot peak in May 2008 at the age of 76 years and 340 days, but his joy turned to chagrin when the record was awarded to Miura, who scaled the peak two days later at the age of 75, until the Nepalese man made an official appeal earlier this year.

"My main objective for climbing Everest was for world peace. I was determined to either climb the peak or die trying," Mr Sherchan said at the function.

Nepalese nationals hold most world records related to Everest, including the fastest climb, most time spent on the summit, and the youngest person to scale it.

He is planning to attempt the legendary peak once again. "I am very happy," he said. "I hope I can pull it off again when I am 84."

Via - DaijiWorld

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