Mountaineer extends record by climbing Everest for 24th time

Clay Curtis
May 23, 2019

For Kami Rita, reaching the summit of Mount Everest was nothing unusual.

Kami Rita Sherpa, shown after scaling Everest for the 23rd time, completed a record 24th climb.

Only last week Nepali mountain guide Kami Rita Sherpa set a new record by climbing Everest a 23rd time.

"Kami Rita along with the Indian Police team from the Seven Summit Treks expedition has stood atop the roof of the world", Mingma told The Himalayan Times.

In addition to his almost two dozen summits of Everest, Mr Rita has scaled some of the other highest mountains including K-2, Cho-Oyu, Manaslu and Lhotse.

In addition to his almost two dozen summits of Everest, Rita has scaled several other peaks that are among the world's highest, including K-2, Cho-Oyu, Manaslu and Lhotse.

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A year ago he ascended Everest for the 22nd time, breaking the previous record of 21 summits he shared with two other Sherpa climbers, both of whom have retired. "I am healthy. I can keep going until I am 60 years old".

He had climbed Mount Everest for the very first time in 1994 and he has completed 24 summits to Mount Everest in just 25 years.

Sherpa is an ethnic group native to the mountainous area, and as such, they have a unique capacity to work in the low-oxygen, high altitude atmosphere that requires days or weeks of acclimatization for foreigners.

The short climbing window, which depends on favorable weather, generally falls in mid-May, so Kami Rita may not have an opportunity to make another attempt this year.

Forty-one teams, with 378 climbers, have permits to scale Everest during the spring season, with an equal number of Nepalese guides.

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