Sherpa scales Everest for record 23rd time

Clay Curtis
May 18, 2019

"It is my profession, but at the time I am setting a new world record for Nepal too", the 49-year-old the Associated Press last month before heading to the mountain.

Tashi Lakha Sherpa of Seven Summit treks gushed that Kami Rita's feat was a matter of national pride.

In 1995, he abandoned the summit bid after the deadliest avalanche killed expedition teams.

Kami Rita Sherpa has become the first person to climb the top of the Mount Everest for the maximum number of times.

Kami broke record for set record of most summits on Mt. Everest in 2018.

A record 807 climbers reached the summit of Mount Everest previous year, with 563 people climbing from the south and 244 from the northern flank in Tibet.

Mr Sherpa broke the record past year of 21 summits that he shared with two fellow countrymen, Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa.

Rita has been an advocate for other Sherpa guides, who he said do not get the recognition they are due.

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Kami Rita has already climbed most of the peaks above 8,000 m including K2, Cho-oyu, Lhoste and Annapurna among others.

A boom in climbers has made mountaineering a lucrative business since Sir Edmund Hillary and sherpa Tenzing Norgay made the first ascent in 1953. Their stamina and familiarity with the mountains quickly made them sought-after guides and porters. Rita's two closest peers have climbed the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak 21 times each, but both of them have retired from mountain climbing.

Alan says that when you get to Everest base camp, you have to spend around four weeks "acclimatising" - that's getting used to the extreme altitude.

This season, almost 1,000 people, including 378 paying climbers, will attempt the summit.

"The climbers have now been descending to the lower camps safely", Mingma Sherpa told The Himalayan Times.

He started his summit from Camp IV on Tuesday night and reached the summit point on Wednesday morning, said a basement official.

Nepal has issued 378 permits to mountaineers for this year's spring climbing season.

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