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Sherpa scales Everest for record 23rd time

18 May 2019

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.

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.

Sherpa set the record by climbing the hard and majestic mountain from the Nepal side.

Kami Rita Sherpa, who originally is from Thame of Solukhmbu district, Nepal, scaled the highest mountain in the world at 7: 50 am today from Nepal's side.

Perhaps most important, it is Sherpas who each year fix ropes and ladders over crevasses and icefalls that make things safer for the hundreds of climbers who will follow them.

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Rita, 49, first scaled Everest in 1994 and has been making the trip almost every year since, one of many Sherpa guides whose expertise and skills are vital to the safety and success of the hundreds of climbers who head to Nepal each year seeking to stand on top of the world.

And, a Nepali guide has been assigned, who will be showing the path to 750 climbers to the top of the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) peak in the coming weeks.

Before leaving for the mountain last month, Sherpa told journalists in Kathmandu that he would retire only after climbing the mountain 25 times.

Kami says he will try and climb the peak two more times. Kami Rita Sherpa has been working for more than two decades as a mountain guide.

Thus, the last year's record of 807 people could be broken, the reached the summit. The Sherpas are the ones who take care of setting up the camps, carrying the loads on their backs, cooking food and carrying oxygen tanks.

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"The climbers have now been descending to the lower camps safely", Mingma Sherpa told The Himalayan Times.

Nepal has issued 378 permits to mountaineers for this year's spring climbing season.

She said about 30 other climbers were on the way to the summit and were expected to top the peak on Wednesday or Thursday, when the weather window is expected to remain open.

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

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Sherpa scales Everest for record 23rd time