Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Lhakpa Sherpa scales Mt Everest nine times breaking own record

Lhakpa Sherpa scales Mt Everest nine times breaking own record

Nepal's Kami Rita Sherpa, 48, broke his own record becoming the only mountaineer to climb Mount Everest 22 times.

He was already safely on his way to a lower camp by the afternoon.

Ethnic sherpas, renowned for their endurance and experience at high altitudes, serve as guides for many foreign mountaineers attempting to climb the highest Himalayan peaks. Fellow guides Apa and Phurba Tashi had previously been tied for the record at 21 but have both retired from climbing.

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

Nepalese mountaineer Lhakpa Sherpa prepares to leave for an expedition to Everest in Kathmandu
Nepalese mountaineer Lhakpa Sherpa prepares to leave for an expedition to Everest in Kathmandu

From the Chinese side of the mountain, Lhakpa Sherpa, 44, also reached the summit Wednesday for a record ninth time, shattering the record for women she set past year.

Lakpa Sherpa, 44, the world's most successful female Everest climber, also made her ninth climb to the top of the mountain on Wednesday - breaking her own record set previous year.

He made his first ascent of the Everest in 1994 when he was 24 years old. In the autumn, he guides clients to smaller peaks in Nepal.

She moved to the United States 16 years ago and says she plans to continue climbing, while keeping her job in the supermarket.

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Sherpa is a single mom to three kids and lives in Hartford, Connecticut where she works as a dishwasher at the local Whole Foods.

"This has paved the way for other climbers to reach the summit as well".

Dozens of climbers are expected to reach the summit on Wednesday, taking advantage of the good weather on the mountain, according to Shrestha.

She joined her first Everest expedition in 2000.

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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.

As many as 346 climbers of 38 groups have taken permission to climb the Mount Everest.

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