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82-yr-old Nepal ex-minister dies in Everest bid

An 82-year-old former Nepal minister who was attempting to scale Mount Everest and enter record books as the oldest person on top of the world’s tallest mountain died on Monday.

world Updated: May 09, 2011 23:54 IST
Utpal Parashar

An 82-year-old former Nepal minister who was attempting to scale Mount Everest and enter record books as the oldest person on top of the world’s tallest mountain died on Monday.

Shailendra Kumar Upadhyay, a former finance minister, was attempting eclipse the record set by fellow minister Bahadur Sherchan (76) when he collapsed at the Everest icefall and died. “It’s confirmed that Upadhay is no more. It was not an accident...,” said Ang Tshering Sherpa, former president of Nepal Mountaineering Association.

Upadhay’s body is still lying at the icefall. A team of 17 Sherpas led by noted Nepali climber Dawa Steven Sherpa will leave for the icefall on Tuesday morning to bring the body back.