Min Bahadur Sherchan, a 82-year-old Nepalese climber recognized by Guinness Records as the oldest man to have climbed Mt. Everest, is setting out for the mountain to defend his record, which is also challenged by Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura, 80.
Sherchan, who will turn 82 on June 20, said Thursday he is flying to Lukla, the gateway to Mt. Everest, on Friday.
Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura, is acclimatizing on the mountain’s lower slopes for launching an assault on the peak in mid-May, according to Kyodo news agency.
Miura said he has found the “ultimate anti-ageing” remedy, despite his recurring heart troubles: he will climb Mount Everest for the third time in his life.
Yuichiro Miura is preparing for his third ascent of the 8,848-metre- (29,028-foot) peak. “Making another attempt at 80 will boost my courage, willpower and motivation, bringing the ultimate anti-ageing effect as a result,” he said.
He conquered Everest for the second time in May 2008, just one day after Min Bahadur Sherchan reached the top at the age of 76. The Nepalese is the current world record holder, according to Guinness World Records.
Miura became internationally famous in 1970, when he became the first person to ski down Everest, from an altitude of 8,000 metres. His adventure was documented in the 1975 film “The Man Who Skied Down Everest” which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary.