Mr. Sherchan’s climbing mission was to “spread world peace and preserve mankind,” according to this team’s GoFundMe page. His death came nearly a week after the renowned Swiss mountain climber Ueli Steck, nicknamed “the Swiss Machine” for his rapid ascents of some of the world’s most imposing peaks, died in an accident at a camp near Everest.
Mr. Steck, 40, had been trying to climb the 25,791-foot Himalayan peak Nuptse in preparation for an ambitious ascent of Everest, Mr. Bhattarai said. Mr. Steck’s body was cremated in the monastery at Tengboche on Thursday morning, according to the Nepali tradition.
Mr. Sherchan went back to Everest to try to regain the title he claimed at age 76, in 2008. He lost the record five years later, when the Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura summited the 29,029-foot peak at the age of 80.
“Since his record was broken, he wanted to regain it,” said Ang Tshering Sherpa, the president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association.
Mr. Sherpa said Mr. Sherchan used to exercise every day and was maintaining his strength. “He used to walk for 14 to 15 kilometers every day,” he said. “He was physically well, but he was challenged by his age.”
Mr. Sherpa added: “He is a person with a strong will. He always wanted to make Nepal proud. We are very sad because of his death.”
Mr. Sherchan was born on June 20, 1931, in the tiny remote village of Bhurung Tatopani in West Nepal. He was a British Gurkha soldier at one point, and used to live in the United Kingdom.
In 2013, Mr. Sherchan put off plans to ascend Everest because of a lack of finances. He tried to climb Everest again in 2014, but that trek was canceled after an avalanche killed 16 sherpas. He made another attempt in 2015, but an earthquake killed nearly 9,000 people, including 18 in an avalanche that…