KATHMANDU: Having fought his way to the Guinness Book of World Record (GBWR) recognition as the oldest man to scale the intimidating Mount Everest, a 78-year-old from western district of Nepal has set his eyes on surpassing his own record.
Min Bahadur Sherchan, who conquered the Everest despite his senile constraints, also unveiled his plan to ascend the highest peak in the world once again in 2014 when he will have turned 84.
The revelation came at a programme in the capital on Monday.
"The age of 84 is considered the incarnation of 'living God' in Nepal," said Sherchan, while while addressing the programme, which was organised to honour him for his record breaking feat.
Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and DPM Sujata Koirala, among others, were present at the felicitation programme. PM Nepal was all praise for Sherchan’s achievement.
Though, the GBWR recognised his feat as the oldest man to scale the world’s tallest mountain some two months back, an enthusiastic Sherchan received the Guinness certificate from Prime Minister Nepal on Monday.
"The oldest man to climb Mt Everest is Min Bahadur Sherchan (Nepal b.20 June 1931) who reached the summit on 25 May 2008 at the age of76years 340 days," the certificate reads.
Sherchan, a former British army, had to fight an epic battle to have the GBWR to recognise his feat.
He had failed to submitthe necessary documents to stake the claim on the record, which the GBWR had awarded to Japanese climber YuichiroMiura, 75. But his efforts paid off in the end.
"I am happy to be recognised as the oldest man to reach Mt Everest," Sherchan told the gathering.
Sherchan also said he aspires to set up homes for the elderly people, orphans and street children and establish a cosmopolitan intellectual facility to study environment in Nepal.
Old as he is, he expressed further expressed his zeal to launch a campaign to help protect the earth from nuclear armament and the adverse effects of climate change.