[WORLDKINGS] World Tops Academy – Top 5 oldest people to climb Mount Everest


(WorldKings.org) Mount Everest is probably the most famous mountain in the entire world. About 4,000 people have successfully climbed to the top of Mount Everest and several of them have done so as senior citizens. All of the people on this list were over 60 years old when they climbed Mount Everest. Several of them are from Japan, a country whose people are known for their longevity, and have set the record as the oldest person to climb Mount Everest more than once.

1. Yuichiro Miura



Yuichiro Miura is the oldest person in the world to ever climb to the summit of Mount Everest at the age of 80. He first set the record in 2003 at the age of 70, but reclaimed the record – after other people had beaten it – when he was 80 years old in 2013. Miura’s 2013 climb marked the third time that the returned to Mount Everest.

2. Min Bahadur Sherchan



In 2008, at nearly 77 years old, Min Bahadur Sherchan became the oldest person to climb to the summit Mount Everest. Sherchan beat Yuichiro Miura’s record from 2003 and Miura later reclaimed his title from Sherchan in 2013. Sherchan said that the recognition was a dream he had for over 50 years. Sherchan attempted to climb Mount Everest again in 2017 at the age of 85. He wanted to take the record back from Miura, but Sherchan never got the chance to climb Mount Everest again. Sherchan died at the Everest base camp on the evening of May 6th.

3. Tamae Watanabe



Tamae Watanabe is the oldest woman to ever climb Mount Everest – she is also the only woman on this list. Watanabe first set the record when she was 63 in 2002. Ten years later (in 2012), she successfully climb Mount Everest again and broke her own record at the age of 73.

Watanabe completed her second Everest climb as the leader of Asian Trekking’s International Everest Expedition 2012. In addition to Mount Everest, Watanabe has climbed several other famous peaks including Mount McKinley, Aconcagua, Cho Oyu, Lhotse and many others.

4. Bill Burke



Bill Burke is a seasoned American mountaineer who has made six attempts on Mount Everest. The two times that Burke successfully reached the summit were record-setting climbs. He first became the oldest American to reach the summit and return alive in 2009 at the age of 67. Burke broke his own record in 2014 when he was 72 – he climbed from the more challenging North (Tibet) side.

Burke decided to become a mountaineer after he retired from practicing law in 2003. Since then, he has climbed the highest mountain on every continent, which are known as the Seven Summits. In 2014, the government of Nepal opened 104 new peaks in the Himalayan Mountain range and named one Burke Khang in honor of Burke’s reputation in Nepal.

5. Katsusuke Yanagisawa



Katsusuke Yanagisawa is one of several Japanese mountaineers to hold the record for being the oldest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Yanagisawa earned the title at the age of 71 in 2007, breaking the record set by another Japanese climber the year before.

After he returned safely from his expedition, Yanagisawa told the Associated Press that he was overwhelmed when he reached the summit. Yanagisawa said, “I did well … a better job than I expected.” Yanagisawa was inspired to climb Mount Everest after he had successfully reached the summit of Cho Oyu, the world’s sixth-highest peak.

According to oldest.org

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