Age is no barrier: Eighty-year-old Yuichiro Miura faces the summit of Mount Everest on his way to becoming the oldest person ever to climb the world’s highest mountain.

The oldest man to climb Mount Everest is Yuichiro Miura (Japan, b. 12 October 1932), who reached the summit on 23 May 2013 at the age of 80 years 223 days. This is the third time that he has held this record: he previously reached the highest point on Earth  in 2003 and again at 2008.

He was helicoptered off the mountain from Base 2. Some have criticized the climber for taking a helicopter for part of his descent.

Yuichiro Miura reached the top of Everest Thursday morning with his physician son Gota, mountaineering official Gyanendra Shrestha said from the base of Everest.

Miura’s achievement eclipses that of a Nepali man who climbed Everest at age 76 in 2008.

Miura broke his hip in an accident two years ago, and he underwent heart surgery in January. To prepare, Miura walked three times a week with loads of 25 to 30 kilograms (55 to 66 lbs) on his back.

“I have a dream to climb Everest at this age,” he said. “If you have a dream, never give up. Dreams come true.”

The Japanese adventurer said he will not try to reach the 29,035ft peak again . His rival Min Bahadur Sherchan, 81, is preparing to climb the mountain, if he succeeds he will become oldest person to reach the summit.