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Two Nepali Sherpas break their own world records on Everest

17 May, 2018, 05:05 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Sherpa guide climbs Everest for a record-setting 22nd time

Kami Rita Sherpa, 48, stepped atop the peak of the 8,848-meter mountain, the world's highest, at 8.30 a.m., beating the record he shared with fellow guides Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa, who have both climbed the mountain 21 times and do not have plans to climb it again.

While many Everest climbers train for months for the arduous journey, Sherpa credits the physical demands of her job and the fact that she was raised up above 13,000 feet for her ability to climb "off the couch".

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

The 48-year-old Sherpa guide from Nepal has climbed the 29,035-foot peak almost every year since starting at 24 years old.

Except Lhakpa, no other woman in the world has scaled the peak so many times till date.

A Sherpa guide has been missing on Everest's southern side in Nepal since Monday, said Mr Mingma of Seven Summits.

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According to mountaineering officials, Sherpa reached the summit at 8:30 am on Wednesday.

Apart from Kami, dozens climbed the mountain Wednesday, Shrestha said from the Base Camp.

A boom in climbers has made mountaineering a lucrative business since Sir Edmund Hillary and sherpa Tenzing Norgay made the first ascent in 1953. She lives most of the year in the US state of CT and has a son and two daughters.

The route to the top of Mt. Everest was opened Sunday when eight rope-fixing Sherpas stood atop the mountain. He first reached the top of Everest in 1994.

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

Hundreds of climbers are on Everest attempting to reach the summit during the narrow window of good weather in May.

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