Japanese climber, 80, becomes oldest atop Everest

Eighty year-old Japanese Yuichiro Miura is now the world's oldest person to have reached the summit of Mt. Qomolangma (Everest), the highest peak on the Earth at 8,848m.


The Japanese octogenarian claimed the title on May 23. It was  previously held by Nepali Min Bahadur Sherchan, who made it to the peak in November 2009.
Sherchan had replaced Miura in the Guinness World Records. Miura first climbed the peak in 2003 at the age of 70. He did it again in May 2008 when he was 75, but failed to set a record as he reached the summit a day after Sherchan achieved the same feat at age 76.
   And after the Japanese broke the record, Sherchan, aged 81, announced he would try to break during the climbing season days later in the same month.
But on May 29, Sherchan, had to be rescued after he fell ill at the Base Camp. (Xinhua)