Kami Rita Sherpa keeps breaking his own Everest summit record

Kami Rita Sherpa keeps breaking his own Everest summit record

For Kami Rita, reaching the summit of Mount Everest was nothing unusual.

Nepalese Kami Rita Sherpa on Tuesday scaled the world's highest peak Qomolangma for the 24th times, the highest number of reaching the top, a government official confirmed here.

By achieving this feat, he has become the only mountaineer in the world to hold the record for the most Everest summits.

"The 49-year-old Sherpa guide had already broken his own record on May 15, when he scaled the summit for the 23rd time".

Rita first scaled Everest in 1994 and has been making the trip almost every year since.

"He reached the summit today (Tuesday) at 6.38 a.m. along with other climbers".

"I can climb for a few more years", Mr Rita told the BBC before his 23rd attempt last week.

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Kami has already climbed most of the peaks above 8,000 metres, including K2, Cho-oyu, Lhoste and Annapurna among others.

Sherpas are an ethnic group from the most mountainous region of Nepal, the Himalayas.

'I am very happy and proud, I think I might go up the mountain again this season, ' he had said over a crackly phone line after his descent.

The 2019 Everest climbing season officially began on May 14 with eight Nepali climbing guides making it to the peak.

The short climbing window, which depends on favourable weather, generally falls in mid-May.

Sherpa guides are essential to Nepal's climbing industry and would-be Everest climbers as they haul equipment on the steep Himalayan peaks, set lines and physically help the climbers themselves.

This season, almost 1,000 people, including 378 paying climbers, will attempt the summit.

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