Nepalese mountaineer Kami Rita Sherpa has scaled the Mount Everest for the 23rd time, breaking his own record for the most successful attempts of climbing the mountain. He has scaled several other peaks, including K2, Cho-Oyu, Manaslu & Lhotse. Rita first scaled the Everest in 1994 & says that he will try & climb the peak 2-more times.
A 49-year-young sherpa reached the top of Mount Everest for a 23rd time on Wednesday, creating a new record for the most summits of the world’s highest mountain, Nepali hiking officials said.
Kami Rita Sherpa, a native of Thame village located in the shadow of Mount Everest, reached the 8,850-metre (29,035-feet) summit via the Southeast Ridge route, accompanied by another sherpa, tourism department official Mira Acharya said from the base camp.
His latest ascent took him two summits clear of two fellow sherpas, hiking officials said.
Acharya said Kami, who goes by his first name, reached the top at 7.50 a.m. &is now descending to lower camps.
She said about 30 other climbers were on the way to the summit & were expected to top the peak on Wednesday or Thursday, when the weather window is expected to remain open.
Kami says he will try and climb the peak 2-more times.
“I am still strong & want to climb Sagarmatha 25 times,” Kami had told to media before leaving for the mountain in March referring to the Nepali name for Everest.
The route taken by him was pioneered by New Zealand’s Sir Edmund Hillary & Sherpa Tenzing Norgay when they became the first climbers to reach the summit in 1953.
Nearly 5,000 climbers have scaled the peak since the pioneering ascent, many multiple times.
The climbing season ends in May & hundreds of climbers are currently on Everest, trying to reach the top from both the Nepali & Tibetan sides of the mountain.
Tourism, which includes mountain climbing, is the main source of income for cash strapped Nepal, home to eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains.