Published: Sat, May 18, 2019

Nepalese Sherpa conquers Mount Everest for 23rd time

Nepalese Sherpa conquers Mount Everest for 23rd time

Sherpa, 49, reached the summit on Wednesday morning, breaking his own past record.

Nepali Mountaineer Kami Rita Sherpa became the first person ever to climb Mount Everest - highest summit on Earth - for a record 23 times on Tuesday.

On May 16, 2018, Kami Rita made history by summiting Everest for the 22nd time. Aside from this almost two dozen summits on Everest, Rita has also reached other peaks including K-2, Cho-Oyu, Manaslu, and Lhotse.

Before leaving for the mountain last month, Sherpa told journalists in Kathmandu that he would retire only after climbing the mountain 25 times.

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

His latest ascent took him two summits clear of two fellow Sherpas, who have successfully climbed the peak 21 times, hiking officials said. After that tragedy, he came under intense family pressure to quit mountaineering altogether, but in the end decided against it.

Rita is working to make sure other Sherpa guides get the recognition they are due.

Sherpa, 49, reached the summit Wednesday morning, breaking his own record that he set past year, his expedition company confirmed.

Kami Rita first scaled Everest in 1994 and has been making trips almost every year since.

Sherpa tribespeople were mostly yak herders and traders living deep within the Himalayas until Nepal opened its borders in the 1950s.

On Tuesday, it was a team of Sherpa guides who again were the first to reach Everest's summit this year, completing their advanced work of setting up ropes and lines.

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.

Ishwari Paudel of Himalayan Guides Nepal, the company assigned to fix the ropes told AFP that it was really hard this year and they were actually anxious if the assigned eight climbers would reach the top but the weather finally gave way and got friendlier.

A total of 378 climbers have been issued permits to climb the mountain this season.

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