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Body of 85-year-old climber recovered from Everest, cremated
Family members of Nepalese climber Min Bahadur Sherchan put Nepalese flag on his deadbody during his funeral in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, May 7, 2017. The 85-year-old Nepali man died while attempting to regain his title as the oldest person to climb Mount Everest, officials said. Sherchan died at the Everest base camp on Saturday evening. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha) (The Associated Press)
The body of an 85-year-old climber who died attempting to regain his title as the oldest person to scale Mount Everest was flown to Kathmandu where family and supporters held a funeral.
The death of Min Bahadur Sherchan has also revived concerns about allowing elderly people to attempt scale mountain peaks where the conditions are harsh and oxygen level low.
Sherchan's body was flown by helicopter to Kathmandu on Sunday, a day after the Nepali died at the Everest base camp.
At a community center, his family, friends and supporters offered flowers and a colorful scarf as Buddhist monks chanted a religious hymn and burnt sandalwood incense.
Sherchan first scaled Everest in May 2008 when he was 76 — at the time becoming the oldest climber to reach the top.