Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Kami Rita Sherpa sets another world-record

Veteran climber Kami Rita Sherpa has conquered the Mt Everest second time in a week – breaking his own record – this morning making it the 24th time on top of the world.
A liaison officer at the Mt Everest base camp Gyanendra Shrestha confirmed that the 49-year-old climber scaled Mt Everest for the 24th time becoming the only mountaineer in the world to hold the record. Earlier, Kami Rita scaled Mt Everest on May 15 for the 23rd time. But after a brief rest, he set off for the mountain on May 18 to repeat the feat.
Kami Rita from Thame village of Solukhumbu district successfully climbed Mt Everest at 6:38 am today morning from Nepal side breaking his past record for most summits on the roof of the world, Shrestha added.
Kami Rita – guiding the Indian Police team from the Seven Summit Treks expedition – has stood atop the roof of the world today morning, Shrestha said, adding that Kami Rita started his summit push from Camp IV on Monday night and reached the summit point on Tuesday morning.
Kami Rita, who is currently working as a senior climbing guide at Seven Summit Treks, has been saying that he wanted to climb Mt Everest for at least 25 times. He climbed Mt Everest for the first time on May 13, 1994.
In 2017, Kami Rita became only the third person to climb Mt Everest 21 times, equalising Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa's summit record. He set a record for the most number of Mt Everest summits in 2018. Apa and Phurba Tashi have already announced their retirement from mountaineering. But 30-year-old Ngima is young enough to overtake Kami Rita's record.
Born in a remote Thame village in Solukhumbu, Kami Rita – initially a climbing guide – started out in life as a trekking boy at the age of 12 to help support the family.

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