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Experts seek upper age limit for Everest climbers.

FAMILY and supporters have paid tribute to an 85-year-old Nepali man who died trying to regain his title as the oldest person to climb Mount Everest, as mountaineering experts campaigned for an upper age limit to attempt the daunting challenge.

The death of Min Bahadur Sherchan has revived concerns about allowing elderly people to attempt to scale peaks where the conditions are harsh and the oxygen level low.

Nepali law requires Everest climbers to be at least 16 but there is no upper age limit.

"It is very necessary to immediately bring that age limit law. If there had been a limit, the loss of life could have been prevented," said Ang Tshering, head of the Nepal Mountaineering Association.

The association is planning to lobby the government to limit the age of climbers to at least 76, he said.

Mr Sherchan died on Saturday evening at the Everest base camp.

Another Nepali man, Shailendra Kumar Upadhyaya, 82, died in 2011 while attempting to scale Everest.

Hundreds of climbers have died on Everest alongside the more than 4,000 who have successfully climbed the world's highest mountain since 1953.

Bottled oxygen and better climbing equipment have helped reduce deaths significantly in recent decades, along with satellite communication equipment and better medical facilities.

Dinesh Bhattarai, who heads the Tourism Department, said the government was seriously discussing an upper age limit.

Mr Sherchan's body was flown by helicopter to Kathmandu on Sunday. The cause of his death was still unclear.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 9, 2017
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