Monday, 20 August, 2018

Nepal's Kami Rita Sherpa climbs Mt. Everest for 22nd time

Sherpa guide climbs Everest for a record-setting 22nd time Nepalese Sherpa guide Kami Rita 48 summited Mount Everest Wednesday for the 22nd time setting a world record officials said
Melinda Barton | 16 May, 2018, 22:17

Sherpa succeeded to break the record of 21 ascents of Everest set by Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa, both of whom have already announced their retirement.

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

The rapid growth in the climbing industry has accompanied complaints of overcrowding on the mountain and fears that inexperienced mountaineers could run into trouble.

Iswari Paudel of Himalayan Guides Nepal, the company assigned to fix the ropes, confirmed that the team has scaled the mountain. Xia Boyu, 70, reached the top of the world's highest peak at 8:40 am, becoming the first double leg amputee to accomplish the feat from the Nepal side.

Kami Rita first climbed Everest as a 24-year-old in 1994. He has climbed most of the peaks above 8,000 metres which included K2, Cho-oyu, Lhoste and Annapurna. In the autumn, he guides clients to smaller peaks in Nepal.

According to Gyanendra Shrestha, a Tourism Ministry official stationed at the Everest Base Camp, said that 94 climbers successfully reached atop the summit of Mount Everest today.

Except Lhakpa, no other woman in the world has scaled the peak so many times till date.

Rajeev Shrestha of the Seven Summit Adventure agency in Kathmandu said he received a message from the base camp about the successful climb.

She moved to the United States 16 years ago and says she plans to continue climbing, while keeping her job in the supermarket. She lives most of the year in the USA state of CT and has a son and two daughters.

The mountain is climbed taking advantage of narrow weather windows between mid- to late May, after weeks of acclimatization at lower altitudes.

The other two previous summit record-holders are also Sherpas. On Wednesday, he created a new record by climbing Everest for the record 22nd time, The Kathmandu Post reports.

He was taken to a hospital for a checkup but appeared to be in good condition.