Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Two Sherpas smash own Everest summit records

Two Sherpas smash own Everest summit records

He and his team started climbing last night from South Col (Nepal Side) and reached the summit at around 8:30 am today, according to Pemba Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks, which organised the record expedition.

The 48-year-old Sherpa guide from Nepal has climbed the 29,035-foot peak almost every year since starting at 24 years old. With AP Photos.A veteran Sherpa guide has scaled Mount Everest for the 22nd time, setting a record for the most climbs of the world's highest mountain, while a Sherpa woman made it to the summit for the ninth time, shattering her own record for the most climbs by a female.

His record of 21 summits was shared by Nepali climbers Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa, both of whom have already announced retirement.

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

This year, her climb was sponsored by the outfitter Black Diamond, who provided gear and monetary support.

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

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

The mountain is climbed taking advantage of narrow weather windows between mid- to late May, after weeks of acclimatization at lower altitudes.

He completed the seven climbs in 177 days - nine days quicker than the previous record - after reaching the top of Everest on Monday (May 14).

Previous year seven people lost their lives on the world's highest peak, while 449 summited from the Nepal side and at least another 120 made it to the top from the north side in Tibet.

The route to the summit was opened up by a team of Sherpas earlier this week.

Without having any formal training on mountain climbing, Lhakpa, who grew up with 11 siblings, first climbed Mt Everest from Nepal side in 2000.

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