80-year-old Miura returns home after setting record on Everest

6 years ago by in Japan, Sports

Alpinist Yuichiro Miura, 80, who set the record for being the oldest person to scale Mount Everest, returned to Tokyo on Wednesday.

Miura left Japan on March 29 and got to the 8,848-meter summit on May 23, breaking the record set previously by Nepali climber Min Bahadur Sherchan in 2008, at age 76, according to Kyodo.

It is not the first time when Miura climbs Everest. He reached the summit for the first time in 2003 at age 70 and the second time in 2008 at 75. He scaled Everest for the third time after being diagnosed and treated for an irregular heartbeat.

Meanwhile, Sherchan, 81, confirmed on Tuesday that he gave up trying to reclaim the record.

“I have abandoned my attempt and have returned to Katmandu. I will explain the circumstances leading to the abandonment at a news conference later this week,” Sherchan said.

His grandson, Manoj Gauchan, said Sherchan was forced to abandon the bid because the government of Nepal delayed financial assistance to the expedition.

“My grandfather had requested financial help from the government. The government was very late in extending financial help and a climbing permit,” said Gauchan, who had been coordinating Sherchan’s aborted bid. “The government decided to extend help last Thursday only. It was too late because the best weather window to climb the mountain was almost over by then.”