85-year-old Plans to Become Oldest Person to Climb Mount Everest — Again
Min Bahadur Sherchan of Nepal is looking to prove once again that age is nothing but a number.
The 85-year-old grandfather of 17, and great-grandfather of six, has big plans to regain his title as the oldest person to ever scale Mount Everest.
In 2008, at the youthful age of 76, Sherchan became the oldest person ever to summit Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain. However his record was broken five years later by 80-year-old Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura.
"I want to be the oldest person to scale Everest again to be an inspiration for humankind, a boost for the elderly people and an encouragement for youths," Sherchan told the Associated Press Wednesday. "It will be a message for everyone that age is no obstacle to achieving their dreams."
Sherchan’s journey to once again reach the summit has come with more than a few setbacks. As the Associated Press reported, Sherchan faced financial issues and delays obtaining a climbing permit in 2013. In 2015, an earthquake triggered an avalanche that killed 19 people just one day before he reached the site.
"I am confident that I will succeed this time," Sherchan added. "I have no problems that could stop me from climbing Everest and the only problem could be weather."
Sherchan and his team plan to leave for Mount Everest this Sunday. Following his journey to the top of the world, Sherchan says he plans to become a spokesperson for peace and plans to travel to conflict areas like Syria.
"After I become the oldest Everest climber,” he said, people will listen to my campaign for world peace.”