Nepali sherpa scales Mount Everest for 23rd time; creates world record

Kami Rita Sherpa climbs Mount Everest for record 23rd time

Sherpa climbs Mount Everest for record 23rd time

A Nepalese Sherpa climber on Wednesday reached atop Mount Everest for the 23rd time, becoming the only Mountaineer in the world to hold the record for most summits on the world's highest mountain.

A team of experienced mountaineers were waiting for powerful jet streams raging around the top of Everest to subside to fix ropes to the summit for foreign climbers.

Kami broke record for set record of most summits on Mt. Everest in 2018.

Nepali Mountaineer Kami Rita Sherpa became the first person ever to climb Mount Everest - highest summit on Earth - for a record 23 times on Tuesday.

A boom in climbers has made mountaineering a lucrative business since Sir Edmund Hillary and sherpa Tenzing Norgay made the first ascent in 1953. Rita's two closest peers have climbed the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak 21 times each, but both of them have retired from mountain climbing.

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

Kami Rita has already climbed most of the peaks above 8,000 m including K2, Cho-oyu, Lhoste and Annapurna among others. "I am like a soldier who leaves behind their wives, children and family to battle for the pride of the country".

Mr Sherpa broke the record previous year of 21 summits that he shared with two fellow countrymen, Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa.

Sherpa tribespeople were mostly yak herders and traders living deep within the Himalayas until Nepal opened its borders in the 1950s.

His father was among the first Sherpa guides employed to help climbers reach the summit, and Rita followed in his footsteps and then some.

This could take the total past last year´s record of 807 people reaching the summit.

During this time, climbers gradually do longer and longer climbs from base camp, before going for the summit. "I did not even know you could set records earlier", Sherpa said, last month before setting off for Everest base camp.

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

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