Nepalese Sherpa climbs Mount Everest for 26th time, breaking his own record

Nepalese Sherpa climbs Mount Everest for 26th time, breaking his own record

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A Nepalese Sherpa broke his own record for climbing up the world’s highest peak, reaching the summit of Mount Everest for an unprecedented 26th time, officials said on Saturday. 

Kami Rita reached the 29,032-foot peak on Saturday alongside a group of 10 other Sherpas, the Nepal capital Kathmandu-based expedition team Seven Summit Treks confirmed. The group fixed ropes on the summit route in preparations for the expected rise of climbers later this month.

Rita and company reached the summit just before 7 p.m. local time on Saturday, an usual time to make it to the peak as the night can bring worsening weather conditions and little visibility. 

Mingma Sherpa, chairman of Seven Summit Treks, told the Associated Press the group reached the summit without any problems and had safely returned to lower camps, as they were all “highly experienced climbers.”

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“Kami Rita has broken his own record and established a new world record in climbing,” Taranath Adhikari, director-general of the Department of Tourism in Kathmandu, told Reuters. 

Rita, 52, first reached the Mount Everest summit in 1994 and has made it to the top of the world nearly every year since. In 2018, he became the first person to make the summit 22 times, and he completed his 25th journey exactly one year before his 26th trip. 

His father was among the first Sherpa guides, and Rita followed in his footsteps. In addition to his 26 trips to the top of Everest, Rita has scaled several other peaks that are among the world’s highest, including K-2, Cho-Oyu, Manaslu and Lhotse.

Rita is one of many Sherpa guides who are considered experts in climbing Mount Everest. Mostly made up of Nepalese people, they are pivotal in helping climbers from across the world reach the top of the mountain. 

The milestone was reached as May is typically the busiest month for people to climb the mountain, as weather conditions are usually the most tolerable. Reuters reported Nepal issued 316 permits to climb the mountain during the peak season, less than the record 408 issued last year.

Though Mount Everest has been successfully climbed over 10,000 times, it still is one of the most dangerous treks in the world — over 300 people have died attempting the climb. The Himalayan Times reported a Russian climber died at Base I on Saturday due to altitude-related illness.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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