Sherpa woman breaks own record for climbs up Mount Everest, reaches peak for 10th time

Sherpa woman breaks own record for climbs up Mount Everest, reaches peak for 10th time


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Patrick Colson-Price, USA TODAY

KATHMANDU, Nepal – A Nepali Sherpa broke her own record as the most successful female climber of Mount Everest by reaching the summit of the world’s highest peak Thursday, less than one week after another Sherpa broke the record for most climbs ever. 

Lhakpa Sherpa and several other climbers took advantage of favorable weather to reach the 29,032-foot summit early in the morning, her brother and expedition organizer Mingma Gelu said. He said she was in good health and was safely descending from the peak.

Sherpa, 48, never got a chance to get a formal education because she had to start earning a living by carrying climbing gear and supplies for trekkers. Thursday’s ascent was her 10th – the most times any woman has climbed Everest – and she has always said she wanted to inspire all women so they too can achieve their dreams.

A native of Nepal, Sherpa lives in the U.S. with her three children in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Sherpa guides 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. 

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Another Nepalese Sherpa guide, Kami Rita, reached the summit for the 26th time Saturday, breaking his own record for the most climbs of Everest. Rita led a group of Sherpa climbers who fixed ropes along the route so hundreds of other climbers and guides can make their way to the top of the mountain later this month.

Hundreds of foreign climbers and an equal number of Sherpa guides are set to attempt climbs of Everest in May, the month when weather conditions in the Himalayan peaks are most favorable for climbing. Reuters reported Sunday that Nepal issued 316 permits to climb the mountain during the peak season, less than the record 408 last year.

Though Mount Everest has been summited more than 10,000 times, it still is one of the most dangerous treks in the world. More than 300 people have died attempting the climb. The Himalayan Times reported three climbers have died in the Everest region this season. 

Contributing: Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY

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