Published: Thu, May 17, 2018

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

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

Kami Rita, a veteran Sherpa guide, also claimed a new record for Mount Everest summits by making it to the peak for the 22nd time with a group of climbers.

Mr Kami Rita Sherpa, a professional guide, and Ms Lhakpa Sherpa, who works in a supermarket in CT, reached the summit from opposite sides of the 8,848m mountain yesterday. "But I am not overexcited as it is a part of my professional job", Kami shared with Xinhua before leaving Kathmandu for expedition.

Kami Rita made it to the peak at 8.30 am on Wednesday, breaking the previous record of 21 ascents set by Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa of Nepal, both of whom have retired from mountaineering expeditions.

Kami made his first ascent of Everest in 1994 when he was 24.

"It was not for any competition". Ani Lhakpa Sherpa summited from the North and the 44-year-old has now set a new female record, beating the record she set a year ago. His brother has scaled Everest 17 times.

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

Lhakpa, who lives with her daughters in Hartford has climbed Everest at 6 am from the North Col (Tibet Side) with a few climbers from her team.

A total of 94 foreign climbers and Sherpas made it to the top of Everest on Wednesday alone. In her early days, she would help climbers by cooking form them and worked as a porter before she trained as a climber.

The twin records come on the heels of Australian Steve Plain becoming the fastest person to conquer the highest mountains on all seven continents.

"This has paved the way for other climbers to reach the summit as well".

Eight Nepali climbers reached the top of on Sunday, the first of hundreds of climbers expected to summit the world's highest mountain in coming weeks.

The rapid growth in the climbing industry has accompanied complaints of overcrowding on the mountain and fears that inexperienced mountaineers could run into trouble. In the autumn, he guides clients to smaller peaks in Nepal.

On the Tibetan side, a team was forced to retreat from just below the summit when at least 11 of their bottled oxygen systems failed.

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