Kami Rita Sherpa summits Mount Everest for record 22nd time

Lester Mason
May 16, 2018

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.

Kami Rita Sherpa has set a new world record by climbing Mt Everest for the 22nd time.

Kami Rita Sherpa reached the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit via the Southeast Ridge route, accompanied by 13 other climbers including his clients, Tourism Department official Gyanendra Shrestha said from the base camp.

The 48-year-old was among three men - all Nepalese Sherpa guides - who had tied the previous record of 21 successful ascents of the 8850m peak.

Mountaineering has been his family tradition.

Iswari Paudel of Himalayan Guides Nepal, the company assigned to fix the ropes, confirmed that the team has scaled the mountain. Most of his male relatives have reached the top at least once.

Nepalese mountaineer Lhakpa Sherpa prepares to leave for an expedition to Everest in Kathmandu
Nepalese mountaineer Lhakpa Sherpa prepares to leave for an expedition to Everest in Kathmandu

Mr Kami Rita first reached the top of Everest in 1994 when working for a commercial expedition. He has climbed most of the peaks above 8,000 metres which included K2, Cho-oyu, Lhoste and Annapurna.

A Sherpa guide has been missing on Everest's southern side in Nepal since Monday, said Mingma of Seven Summits.

Both of the other previous record holders are retired from climbing. However, an informed source from Everest Base Camp told The Kathmandu Post that Phurba Tashi may climb Everest again.

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. She now lives in the USA and works at a departmental store.

According to alpinist and mountain chronicler Alan Arnette, who year is following the events on the highest mountain on in the world this year for the U.S. magazine Outside Online, at an altitude of 8500 meters 10 of the 39 regulators used by clients and Sherpa suddenly stopped working.

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