Monday, 28 May, 2018

Nepali Sherpa summits Mount Everest for record 22nd time

Lhakpa Sherpa holds up a'West Hartford Libraries banner as she summits Mt. Everest in 2017. Courtesy Lhakpa Sherpa holds up a'West Hartford Libraries banner as she summits Mt. Everest in 2017. Courtesy
Steven Clarke | 16 May, 2018, 21:41

A Nepali woman climber today broke her own world record by scaling Mt Everest for the ninth time.

On Wednesday, he created a new record by climbing Everest for the record 22nd time, The Kathmandu Post reports. He plans to summit the mountain at least three more times - meaning he'll set three more records.

Sherpa, a resident of Thame village in Solukhumbu district of Nepal where Qomolangma is located, has already climbed the world's tallest peak 21 times successfully.

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.

Mr Kami Rita first reached the top of Everest in 1994 when working for a commercial expedition. Air at the top of Everest contains less than a third of the oxygen at sea level.

Everest oxygen failure accidents avoided

With this, she is only one accent away from her dream of climbing Everest 10 times.

Drama on the the highest slopes of Everest this morning where, during a summit bid on the Tibetan side of the mountain, a group of mountaineers belonging to the Alpenglow expedition led by America's Adrian Ballinger encountered serious issues with their supplementary oxygen regulators. She lives most of the year in the USA state of CT and has a son and two daughters.

Kami is a professionally trained Sherpa while Lhakpa is a housewife and avid climber. She was making her way down to the advanced base camp, he said.

Kami climbed Mt Everest for the 21st time past year. He said he wants to do this not to break records or set new ones but because of his passion and zeal to climb the Everest.

No incidents or deaths have been reported so far during this year's climbing season.

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