Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has felicitated Min Bahadur Sherchan, 78, who scaled Mount Everest at the oldest age and awarded him a certificate issued by the Guinness World Records (GWR) amid a function in Kathmandu Monday.
GWR had confirmed Sherchan as the oldest person to climb Mt Everest about two months ago, almost a year after he scaled Everest in May 2008 at the age of 76 years.
Sherchan ‘beat’ the record set by a Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura, who scaled Everest at the age of 75 years 227 days, on 26th May, 2008, one day after his own feat. Earlier, GWR had considered Miura as the oldest climber, as Sherchan could not furnish required documents on time.
On Monday, PM Nepal handed over the GWR certificate that mentions, ‘The oldest man to climb Mt Everest is Min Bahadur Sherchan (Nepal b. 20 June 1931) who reached the summit on 25 May 2008 at the age of 76 years 340 days.’
At the function, Sherchan also announced his plans to climb Mount Everest once again in 2014 when he turns 84 to break his own record. Sherchan said, he planned to climb Mt Everest at the age of 84, as the age was considered divine in Nepali culture. nepalnews.com