Published: Sat, May 18, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Nepal climber scales Mount Everest for record 23rd time

Nepal climber scales Mount Everest for record 23rd time

A 49-year-old Nepali Sherpa guide on Wednesday morning summited Mt. Everest for the 23rd time, bettering his own record set a year ago for the most visits to the world's highest peak.

Media reports said, Sherpa along with eight Nepali climbers reached the summit of Mount Everest opening the route for a record number of potential mountain climbers to carry out mountain expeditions in the coming weeks.

On May 16, 2018, Kami Rita made history by summiting Everest for the 22nd time. He has already climbed most of the peaks above 8,000 m including K2, Cho-Oyu, Lhoste, and Annapurna among others.

Nepal Government has issued a record number of 378 permits (of cost Dollars 11,000 per head) to mountaineers to climb the Mount Everest in this Spring 2019.

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

"Without the help of Sherpas, it would be for many foreigners is impossible, the mountains to climb", said Ang Tshering Sherpa, the former President of the Nepal mountaineering Association. "I am like a soldier who leaves behind their wives, children and family to battle for the pride of the country". Kami Rita Sherpa has been working for more than two decades as a mountain guide.

Sherpa, 49, reached the summit Wednesday morning, breaking his own record that he set previous year, his expedition company confirmed.

"I know Mount Everest very well, having climbed it 22 times, but at the same time I know I may or may not come back", he told the Associated Press news agency last month. Their stamina and familiarity with the mountains quickly made them sought-after guides and porters. He plans to reach the summit at least 25 times.

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

There are 41 different teams with a total of 378 climbers who have been permitted to scale Everest during this year's spring climbing season.

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