82-Year-Old Climber Dies on Everest Shailendra Kumar Upadhyay wanted to set a record By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted May 10, 2011 4:29 AM CDT 12 comments Comments This Oct. 21, 2005 file photo shows Mount Everest from an aerial view taken over Nepal. (AP Photo/Jody Kurash, File) (Newser) – A sad end to an ambitious tale: Shailendra Kumar Upadhyay, 82, wanted to become the oldest person to climb Mount Everest, but has died in his attempt. The former Nepalese foreign minister was on his way back to the base camp last night when he collapsed and died, the AP reports. His body was carried back to the camp and is expected to be airlifted out today. Upadhyay is believed to have succumbed to high-altitude sickness, commonly responsible for mountain climbing deaths.