Two Nepali Sherpas break their own world records on Everest

Clay Curtis
May 16, 2018

Although Sherpa was scheduled to climb the world's tallest peak on Thursday, he achieved the feat a day before, surprising all his mountaineering colleagues and officials.

Two Nepali Sherpas broke their own world records for the most Everest summits by a man and a woman on Wednesday (May 16), reaching the world's highest peak for a 22nd and ninth time respectively.

The 48-year-old Sherpa successfully reached the summit on Wednesday morning, breaking the previous record of 21 climbs jointly held by fellow Nepalis Appa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa.

The problems occurred during what is being described as the third "summit wave" of climbers pushing towards the summit in this pre-monsoon season, after the ropes were fixed from both the Nepalese and Tibetan sides of the mountain.

The route taken on the ascent was pioneered by New Zealand's Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay when they became the first climbers to reach the summit in 1953.

Before leaving for the mountain last month, Kami Rita told The Associated Press that he wanted to scale Everest at least 25 times.

Trekkers rest at Everest Base Camp Nepal. A group of Nepalese sherpa guides reached the summit of Mount Everest fixing

Mountaineering runs in his family.

The first summit wave happened Monday when some 50 mountaineers and Sherpa guides scaled it.

A Sherpa guide has been missing on Everest's southern side in Nepal since Monday, said Mingma of Seven Summits.

From the Chinese side of the mountain, Lhakpa Sherpa, 44, also reached the summit on Wednesday for a record ninth time, adding to the record for women she set a year ago. She was making her way down to the advanced base camp, he said.

Ethnic Sherpas, renowned for their endurance and experience at high altitudes, serve as guides for many foreign mountaineers attempting to climb the highest Himalayan peaks.

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