Eighty-year-old Japanese national Yuichiro Miura is on his way home after becoming the oldest climber to reach the summit of Everest on Thursday.
But his achievement may soon be overshadowed as his old rival, veteran Nepali climber Min Bahadur Sherchan, 81, acclimatizes at base camp ready to re-claim his title…
Sherchan dismissed talk he was making the climb because he was in danger of losing his record. He said he had planned to reach the summit last year but failed to secure financial support.
“Why should I go to set a record? I have my own record. I wanted to climb Everest in my eighth decade,” he told CNN before he left for base camp.