Two octogenarian explorers are fighting to become the oldest men to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
The men vying for the title are Min Bahadur Sherchan of Nepal, who has just turned 81, and Yuichiro Miura of Japan, who is 80. Both men are currently stationed at Everest Base Camp, from where they will launch their assault on Everest, one of the most daunting challenges known to man.
An attempt at summiting this behemoth is certainly not for the average traveller, with only 4,000 people recorded as reaching the summit since it was first conquered by Edmund Hillary in 1953. Both challengers have experienced the summit before however, with Sherchan topping it in 2008 at the age of 76 (the current record for oldest conqueror), and Miura climbing it three times, most recently at the age of 75.
Miura is optimistic of his chances of overcoming the mountain for a fourth time, despite recent heart surgery, and breaking his hip two years ago. He told The Times of India, “I am still healthy and strong. I think I have a good chance to reach the summit."
Nepal is renowned for its breathtaking mountain terrain, with eight of the world’s 10 tallest mountains within its borders. It has become a popular destination amongst adventure travellers, many of whom trek to Everest Base Camp. However, for these two elderly gents, Base Camp is just not good enough, and only the crown of oldest man to conquer Earth’s highest mountain, will do.