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An 82-year-old former Nepalese Minister has set off for Mount Everest in an attempt to set the record as the oldest person to scale the world's highest peak, organisers said on Monday.

Shailendra Kumar Upadhyaya, who served as Nepal's Foreign Minister and permanent U.N. representative in the 1970s and 1980s, said he aimed to raise awareness about the capabilities of elderly people by climbing Mount Everest. “Mountaineering is often associated with physical strength. But you have to be mentally strong to accomplish this climb,” Mr. Upadhyaya said. “I want to prove that elderly people like me are capable of such achievements,” he said in Kathmandu ahead of his departure for the 8,848-metre mountain. Mr. Upadhyaya will be accompanied by five guides and sherpas in his attempt. — AFP.


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