Kami Rita summits Everest 23rd time, sets a new record

Cheryl Sanders
May 18, 2019

The accomplished Nepali climber has also conquered other challenging 8,000-metre peaks including the world´s second-highest mountain, K2 in Pakistan.

The members of the Sherpa-people are for the with the mountaineering industry in Nepal is essential.

Rita reached the summit with other climbers on Wednesday morning and all of them were reported to be safe, said Gyanendra Shrestha, a Nepalese government official at the mountain's base camp.

The veteran climber intends to further increase his record.

Rita has scaled Mount Everest for a 23rd time, breaking his own record for the most successful ascents of the world's highest peak.

Mr Poudel said that many teams were preparing to summit in the next few days.

Sherpa set the record by climbing the hard and majestic mountain from the Nepal side.

Kami Rita Sherpa, who summited Everest 22nd time previous year 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.

According to reports, an additional 140 members are planning for Mt Everest trek via the northern route from Tibet.

Everest attracts hundreds of mountaineers each spring, when a window of good weather opens up between late April and the end of May, prompting a rush for the top.

Adverse conditions challenge climbers every time, and the a year ago saw the death of 5 climbers including an experienced Sherpa guide.

Kami Rita made his first ascent of the giant peak in 1994 when he was 24 years old.

"I am still strong and want to climb Sagarmatha 25 times", Kami had told Reuters before leaving for the mountain in March referring to the Nepali name for Everest.

There are mounting concerns, however, that the numbers are unsustainable, with fears of risky overcrowding as well as trash and other environmental problems.

Tourism, which includes mountain climbing, is a main source of income for cash strapped Nepal, home to eight of the world's 14 highest mountains.

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