Nepal mulls over limiting the age for elderly climbers


Nepal has been mulling over the idea of setting an age limit for the Mount Everest climbers. The concerns have revived after the death of an 85-year old who had died trying to retrieve his title as the oldest person to conquer the highest mountain in the world.

Currently, the Nepali law requires a mountaineer to be at least 16 years old to attempt the endeavour, but there’s no upper limit. However, the officials at the Nepal Mountaineering Association is planning to urge the government to limit the maximum age to 76 after the death of Min Bahadur Sherchan on Saturday evening, May 6. An 82-year-old Nepali man named Shailendra Kumar Upadhyaya also died in 2011 at age 82 while attempting to do the same.

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Mr Sherchan first climbed the mountain in May 2008 when he was 76, becoming the oldest person to scale the Everest at that time. However, a Japanese alpinist Yuichiro Miura clinched that record later by achieving the feat in 2013 when he was 80 years old.

Scaling the world’s highest mountain peak is a physically challenging task to the extreme level. The low oxygen level and adversary weather conditions often prove to be too much for physically fit, young mountaineers. So, the Nepali officials now think that there should be an age limit for elderly climbers.

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Nepal Mountaineering Association’s head, Ang Tshering, thought that an age limit could have prevented the loss of life. The head of the Tourism Department, Dinesh Bhattarai, said that the policy makers were seriously thinking about the issue.

Hundreds of people try to scale the mountain during the spring climbing season, taking advantage of good weather between late April and the end of May.

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