Sherpa guide climbs Mt. Everest for record 22nd time

Sherpa guide climbs Mt. Everest for record 22nd time

Sherpa guide climbs Mt. Everest for record 22nd time

Kami Rita made it to the peak at 8.30 am on Wednesday, breaking the previous record of 21 ascents set by Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa of Nepal, both of whom have retired from mountaineering expeditions.

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".

Kami Rita first scaled Everest at age 24, and has made the trip nearly every year since then.

Shrestha said a total of 94 climbers reached the summit on Wednesday because of good weather conditions.

Meanwhile, a 69-year-old double amputee climber from China flew on a helicopter from Everest to Kathmandu on Wednesday, two days after climbing the mountain.

Alpenglow Expeditions said in a statement: "Multiple teams using the same device have experienced similar oxygen system failures".

She first climbed Everest from South Col in 2000 and since has climbed from the North Col eight times. He first climbed Mt. Everest in 1994.

Kami is a professionally trained Sherpa while Lhakpa is a housewife and avid climber.

Before leaving the Everest base camp, Kami had announced that he intends to climb Everest 25 times.

"It has obviously excited me with the feeling that I am going to set a new world record".

Nepal has issued 346 permits to mountaineers for this year's spring climbing season, which runs from mid-April to the end of May.

Lhakpa, who lives with her daughters in Hartford has climbed Everest at 6 am from the North Col (Tibet Side) with a few climbers from her team.

Born in Solukhumbu district that is home to Mt. Everest, Kami started his career in mountaineering as a porter in 1992.

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