Sherpa guides scales Everest setting new records

Sherpa guides scales Everest setting new records

Two Nepali Sherpas have broken their own world records for the most Everest summits by a man and a woman, reaching the world's highest peak for a 22nd and ninth time respectively.

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.

Mr Kami Rita first reached the top of Everest in 1994 when working for a commercial expedition. The 44-year-old extended her own record for the most climbs by a woman.

From the Chinese side of the mountain, Lhakpa Sherpa, 44, also reached the summit Wednesday for a record ninth time, shattering the record for women she set past year.

Although attempts to conquer Everest from the Tibetan side began in 1924, a Chinese team made the first summit on May 25, 1960, and the mountain was closed to foreign climbers from 1950 until 1980.

Lhakpa stood at the top of Everest early on Wednesday too.




Number of times Mr Kami Rita, 48, a professional guide, has reached the Everest summit. She now lives in the U.S. and works at a departmental store.

Before leaving for Lukla, the gateway to Mt. Everest, late last month, the father-of-two told reporters in Kathmandu that he had no plans to stop climbing the mountain. According to the Himalayan Database, a record of expeditions in the Himalayas since 1903, out of 8,306 Everest summits so far, 5,280 have happened from Nepal and 3,026 from Tibet.

"It has obviously excited me with the feeling that I am going to set a new world record".

The daughter of a yak herder, Ms Lhakpa worked as a porter and kitchen hand on trekking and mountaineering expeditions, before becoming a climber herself.

"There are fewer ladders compared to previous years and hardly any complex features to climb and cross", said Ang Sarki Sherpa.

Another 180 climbers are preparing to summit Everest from its north side in Tibet, according to the China Tibet Mountaineering Association.

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