Nepali Sherpa guide climbs Mt. Everest for record 23rd time

Nepalese veteran Sherpa guide Kami Rita 48 waves as he arrives in Kathmandu Nepal. Rita has scaled Mount Everest for a 23rd time breaking his own record for the most successful ascents of the world's highest peak

Sherpa climbs Mount Everest for record 23rd time

Kami Rita Sherpa wishes to climb the peak two more times, reported Reuters.

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.

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.

In 1995, he abandoned the summit bid after the deadliest avalanche killed expedition teams.

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

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

"I have a goal to climb Everest for 25th time - or maybe more than that", he told Efe news in April before leaving for his expedition.

His latest ascent took him two summits clear of two fellow sherpas, hiking officials said.

Adverse conditions challenge climbers every time, and the past year saw the death of 5 climbers including an experienced Sherpa guide. Rita's two closest peers have climbed the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak 21 times each, but both of them have retired from mountain climbing.

Between 1994 to 2019, he has scaled Mount Everest 23 times, K2, Lhotse and Manaslu one time each, and Cho-Oyu eight times - making a total of 34 ascent on above 8000 m peak. Their stamina and familiarity with the mountains quickly made them sought-after guides and porters.

"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.

During this time, climbers gradually do longer and longer climbs from base camp, before going for the summit.

Nepal has issued a record 378 permits costing $11,000 each for this year's spring climbing season, sparking fears of bottlenecks enroute to the summit if poor weather cuts down the number of climbing days. There is an equal number of Nepalese guides helping them to get to the summit.

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