Sherpa completes record 23rd Everest climb

Rita's closest peers climbed Everest 21 times. They've retired from climbing however

NIRANJAN SHRESTHA APRita's closest peers climbed Everest 21 times. They've retired from climbing however

The 49-year-old Sherpa climber Kami Rita scaled Mount Everest for the 23rd time on Wednesday, breaking his own record of the most successful ascents of the world's highest peak.

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Except Sherpa, no one has climbed the mountain more than 21 times.

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

A guide for more than two decades, he first summited the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) peak in 1994 when working for a commercial expedition.

"I am still strong and want to climb Sagarmatha 25 times", Kami had told Reuters news agency before leaving for the mountain in March referring to the Nepali name for Everest. Aside from this almost two dozen summits on Everest, Rita has also reached other peaks including K-2, Cho-Oyu, Manaslu, and Lhotse.

The Sherpas who serve as guides for the potential mountain climbers of Mount Everest first go up to the mountain themselves and prepare everything for the mountaineers who are expected to scale the mountain later.

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His father was among the first Sherpa guides employed to help climbers reach the summit, and Rita followed in his footsteps and then some. "I am like a soldier who leaves behind their wives, children and family to battle for the pride of the country".

Thus, the last year's record of 807 people could be broken, the reached the summit.

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. Their stamina and familiarity with the mountains quickly made them sought-after guides and porters.

"The climbers have now been descending to the lower camps safely", Mingma Sherpa told The Himalayan Times.

There are 41 different teams with a total of 378 climbers who have been permitted to scale Everest during this year's spring climbing season.

He started his summit from Camp IV on Tuesday night and reached the summit point on Wednesday morning, said a basement official.

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