According to the Associated Press, government officials in Nepal are moving to establish an age limit for climbing Mount Everest after the death of 85-year-old Min Bahadur Sherchan in May of 2017 while attempting to scale the mountain.
Ang Tshering, head of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, told the AP, “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.”
According to Nepali law, climbers must be at least 16 years old to climb the mountain–there are no other age restrictions. The Nepal Mountaineering Association hopes to set the age range between 16 and 76. Dinesh Bhattarai, the head of Nepal’s Tourism Department stated that the serious talks are happening in the government concerning an age limit.
Sherchan previous climb of Mount Everest in May 2008 broke the record as the oldest climber at 76 and 340 days. His record was then broken by an 80-year-old Japanese man, Yuichiro Miura in 2013. Sherchan died at Everest’s Base Camp during a bid to reclaim his title.