Pensioner, 85, dies after Mount Everest record attempt

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Kathmandu: Nepal's 86-year-old mountaineer Min Bahadur Sherchan, who was once the oldest climber to scale the Mount Everest, died on Saturday at its base camp, leaving his dream to re-conquer the world's tallest peak unfulfilled.

In a tragic incident, Nepal's octogenarian mountaineer Min Bahadur Sherchan died in the Everest Base Camp on Saturday, making it the second casualty this spring expedition.

In 2013, Miura snatched the record back from Sherchan by stepping on the summit at the age of 80.

In 2015 he was on his way to base camp for another attempt when a devastating quake struck the country, forcing him and many other climbers to abandon their plans.

In May 2008 the then 76-year-old Sherchan became the oldest person to reach Everest's summit.

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Gyanendra Shrestha, a mountaineering official at the camp, said the cause of Sherchan's death was likely cardiac arrest, but he could not give further details because of a poor telephone connection.

Sherchan's previous attempts to beat Miura in 2013 and 2015 were hampered by weather conditions and the devastating Nepal earthquakes.

Earlier this year, before returning to Everest, Sherchan spoke to AFP and said he just wanted to prove to himself that he could still make it to the top of the world.

Sherchan had six great-grandchildren and 17 grandchildren.

Ueli Steck, a highly regarded Swiss climber, died last month when he fell from a ridge during an acclimatization climb. Their government-issued permits, which were extended for two more years, are set to expire in the coming weeks. This has rasied concerns about risky traffic jams on the mountain.

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