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49-yr-old Sherpa scales Everest for 23rd time, sets World Record

49-yr-old Sherpa scales Everest for 23rd time, sets World Record

Kami Rita Sherpa broke his own record as he scaled Mt Everest for the 23rd time on Wednesday morning.

Mingma Sherpa, chairman of Seven Summit Treks, said Kami Rita reached the summit at 7:50 am on Wednesday.

The route taken by him was pioneered by New Zealand’s Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay when they became the first climbers to reach the summit in 1953.

Kami Rita, 49, who hails from Thame village in Solukhumbu district, broke the record of 21 Everest ascents set by Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa in 2017.

Apa and Phurba have already announced retirement.

On May 16 last year, Kami Rita climbed Everest for the 22nd time.

Kami made his first ascent of Everest in 1994 when he was 24 years old.

The 2019 Everest climbing season officially began on Tuesday with eight high-altitude Nepali climbing guides making it to the highest peak in the world.

The climbing season ends in May and hundreds of climbers are currently on Everest, trying to reach the top from both the Nepali and Tibetan sides of the mountain.

Tourism, which includes mountain climbing, is a main source of income for cash strapped Nepal, home to eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains.

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