Nepali sherpa scales Mount Everest for record 23rd time

Nellie Chapman
May 18, 2019

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.

Kami Rita Sherpa, who summited Everest 22nd time a year ago to set record of most summits on Mt. Everest, stood on top of the 8,850-metres peak together with other Sherpas on Wednesday morning, the Himalayan Times reported.

Kami Rita was one among the 8 climbers who scaled the Everest peak on the day, opening trekking route to Everest for Spring 2019.

Before leaving for the mountain last month, Sherpa told journalists in Kathmandu that he would retire only after climbing the mountain 25 times.

There are few weather windows on the mountain when climbers can make the final push.

And, a Nepali guide has been assigned, who will be showing the path to 750 climbers to the top of the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) peak in the coming weeks.

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"It would be impossible for many foreign climbers to summit mountains without the help of a Sherpa", said Ang Tshering Sherpa, former president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association. "I am like a soldier who leaves behind their wives, children and family to battle for the pride of the country".

His father was also a professional Sherpa guide.

Mountaineering has become a lucrative business since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made the first ascent of Everest in 1953.

He said the only other two Sherpas near his record reached the summit 21 times, but have since retired. The Sherpas are the ones who take care of setting up the camps, carrying the loads on their backs, cooking food and carrying oxygen tanks. Their stamina and familiarity with the mountains quickly made them sought-after guides and porters.

This could take the total past last year´s record of 807 people reaching the summit. There is an equal number of Nepalese guides helping them to get to the summit.

This season, almost 1,000 people, including 378 paying climbers, will attempt the summit.

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