Sherpa guide climbs Mt. Everest for record 22nd time


Kami Rita reached the summit of Mount Everest Wednesday morning, marking a record 22nd time he has reached the top of the tallest mountain in the world, according to Binaj Gurubacharya of the Associated Press.

Nepal's 48-year old Kami Rita Sherpa has become the most experienced man in the planet to climb Mount Everest.

"Kami made history", Gyanendra Shrestha, a tourism ministry official, told Kyodo News from the mountain's Base Camp.

From the Chinese side of the mountain, Lhakpa Sherpa, 44, also reached the summit Wednesday for a record ninth time, shattering the record for women she set a year ago.

Before leaving for the mountain last month, Kami Rita told The Associated Press that he wanted to scale Everest at least 25 times.

Kami Rita first scaled Everest at age 24, and has made the trip nearly every year since then.

The other record-setter, 44-year-old Lhakpa Sherpa, set a women's record when she reached the summit for a ninth time.

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Lhakpa, who lives with her daughters in Hartford has climbed Everest at 6 am from the North Col (Tibet Side) with a few climbers from her team.

A Sherpa guide has been missing on Everest's southern side in Nepal since Monday, said Mr Mingma of Seven Summits.

She moved to America 16 years ago and says she plans to continue climbing, while keeping her job in the supermarket. She lives most of the year in the US state of CT and has a son and two daughters.

A boom in climbers has made mountaineering a lucrative business since Sir Edmund Hillary and sherpa Tenzing Norgay made the first ascent in 1953.

Lhakpa stood at the top of Everest early on Wednesday too.

For this spring season, the government has issued permits to 346 climbers of 38 teams for Mt. Everest.