Former Gurkha Min Bahadur Sherchan first became the world's oldest person to reach Everest's summit in 2008 at the age of 76. The Nepali died attempting to recapture his title after his record was eclipsed in 2013.
An 85-year-old former Gurkha soldier died at the Mount Everest base camp on Saturday, attempting to regain his title as the world's oldest person to scale the world's highest peak.
The head of Nepal's Tourism Department, Dinesh Bhattarai, said the Nepali man, Min Bahadur Sherchan, died at the camp Saturday night, but the cause of death was not immediately clear. Communication problems made it impossible to contact the base.
"He passed away at the base camp today at 5:14 p.m.," said Gyanendra Shrestha, an official with the tourism ministry who is at the 5,380 meters (17,600 feet) camp.
In May 2008 the then 76-year-old Sherchan became the oldest person to reach Everest's summit. But in 2013 his record was eclipsed by 80-year-old Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura.
Prior to his fateful attempt, Sherchan insisted he wasn't trying to outdo Miura.
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"My aim is not to break anybody's record, this is not a personal competition between individuals. I wish to break my own record," Sherchan said during an interview from Kathmandu in February.
Sherchan had six great-grandchildren and 17 grandchildren.