On May 16, 2018, Wednesday, a veteran Sherpa guide climbed the highest mountain peak in the world, Mount Everest for the 22nd time and set a new record for highest number of climbs of the world’s highest mountain while a female Sherpa climbed the summit for the ninth time breaking her own record for most climbs by a woman.
According to Gyanendra Shrestha, a government official positioned at the base camp, Kami Rita, the male climber, reached the mountain peak on Wednesday morning along with a team of foreign climbers and a fellow Sherpa guide. By the afternoon, he was already safely descending to a lower camp. Rita, aged 48, was among three Nepali Sherpa guides who had equalled the previous record of 21 successful climbs of the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak.
Prior to his departure for climbing the mountain peak last month, Rita said that he would like to climb Everest for at least 25 times. He said mountaineering has been a family tradition for him. His father was one of the first professional guides after Nepal opened the gates for foreign trekkers and mountaineers way back in 1950. Not just this, his brother has climbed Mount Everest 17 times and most of his male relatives have reached the summit at least one time.
Kami Rita climbed Mount Everest for the first time when he was 24 and since then he has made a trip to the summit almost once every year. Moreover, he has also made it successfully to some of the other peaks of the region like K-2, Cho-Oyu, Manaslu and Lhotse. He guides climbers to smaller mountain peaks in Nepal in autumn. At this point, it is noteworthy that both the other previous record holders have already retired from climbing.
Lhakpa Sherpa, 44, the female climber, also climbed Mount Everest from the Chinese side of the mountain on Wednesday. She became the first women to climb the peak for nine times breaking her own record which she had set previous year. According to Rajeev Shrestha, representing the Seven Summit Adventure agency in Kathmandu, he received a message from the base camp about Lhakpa’s successfully reaching the peak. Thereafter, she was descending down to the advanced base camp. Apart from mountaineering, she resides in the state of Connecticut in US for most part of the year and has a son and two daughters.