Sunday, 23 September, 2018

Lhakpa Sherpa scales Mt Everest nine times breaking own record

Sherpa guide climbs Everest for a record-setting 22nd time Nepalese Sherpa guide Kami Rita 48 summited Mount Everest Wednesday for the 22nd time setting a world record officials said
Kenny Thornton | 16 May, 2018, 22:17

Kami Rita Sherpa, 48, stepped atop the peak of the 8,848-meter mountain, the world's highest, at 8.30 a.m., beating the record he shared with fellow guides Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa, who have both climbed the mountain 21 times and do not have plans to climb it again.

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 has set the world record", said Mingma Sherpa, chairman of the Seven Summit Treks company that employs Kami. On Wednesday, he created a new record by climbing Everest for the record 22nd time, The Kathmandu Post reports.

Kami Rita first climbed Everest as a 24-year-old in 1994.

Kami climbed Mt Everest for the 21st time past year. In her early days, she would help climbers by cooking form them and worked as a porter before she trained as a climber.

"I keep going to encourage other Nepali women to climb", the 44-year-old told AFP last month.

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

But the mountain is also highlighting its risks. In the autumn, he guides clients to smaller peaks in Nepal.

Summits are underway every day since May 13 after the eight rope-fixing team members opened the climbing route for all climbers.

On the Tibet side a team was forced to retreat from just below the summit when at least 11 of their bottled oxygen systems failed.

For the benefit of those who do not know, it's worth noting that a malfunction between the bottle and mask and ensuing sudden lack of O2 can be extremely unsafe for those who are not acclimatised to those altitudes without supplemental oxygen. Air at the top of Everest contains less than a third of the oxygen at sea level.

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