Mountaineer Timothy Oakes was on the trip of a lifetime with an old school friend when he died in a plane crash in Nepal, his tearful wife said.
Angie Gaunt, speaking from the family home in the Cheshire village of Winwick, said her husband worked in education and had one daughter.
"Tim was a mountaineer. He lived life to the full and died doing something he always wanted to do," Mrs Gaunt said.
"He was with a very close friend, a friend he went to school with. He was with a tour company he held in very high esteem."
More top news
David Cameron will be facing a hostile audience when he meets with leaders from the remaining 27 EU nations this week, writes James Mates.
Baroness Warsi warns reports of hate crimes are rising after a "divisive" EU campaign largely focusing on immigration spurred street abuse.
Labour has descended into crisis as several high-profile members of the shadow cabinet have quit in the past few hours. Here's who they are.