Kami Rita Sets Everest Record With 22nd Climb to Summit

Cheryl Sanders
May 16, 2018

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A guide for more than two decades, he broke the previous record of 21 summits that he shared with two other Sherpas.

Before leaving for the mountain last month, Kami Rita told The Associated Press that he wanted to scale Everest at least 25 times.

He and his team started climbing last night from South Col (Nepal Side) and reached the summit at around 8:30 am today, according to Pemba Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks, which organised the record expedition.


A 44-year-old woman, Lhakpa Sherpa, who lives in Connecticut, United States, climbed for the ninth time on Wednesday, breaking her own record of the most summits by a woman, her Nepali hiking company said.

Kami made his first scaled Everest in 1994 when he was 24 years old.

A Sherpa guide has been missing on Everest's southern side in Nepal since Monday, said Mingma of Seven Summits. However, an informed source from Everest Base Camp told The Kathmandu Post that Phurba Tashi may climb Everest again. She now lives in the USA and works at a departmental store. In her early days, she would help climbers by cooking form them and worked as a porter before she trained as a climber.

She joined her first Everest expedition in 2000.


The mountain is climbed taking advantage of narrow weather windows between mid- to late May, after weeks of acclimatization at lower altitudes.

He was taken to a hospital for a checkup but appeared to be in good condition.

The problems occurred during what is being described as the third "summit wave" of climbers pushing towards the summit in this pre-monsoon season, after the ropes were fixed from both the Nepalese and Tibetan sides of the mountain.


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