Nepali scales Everest record 24 times; with one more to go

FILE Nepali mountaineer Kami Rita Sherpa 48 who broke his own world record for the most Everest summits gestures after arriving in Tribhuvan airport in Nepal's capital Kathmandu on 20 May 2018

Kami Rita Sherpa scales Everest, second time in a week, to take his record tally to 24

A Nepalese Sherpa has set a record for the greatest number of successful summits of Mount Everest - reaching the top for the 24th time today.

"It's also the second time in a week that he's made the arduous trek", NPR's Sushmita Pathak reports from Mumbai.

Rita started his most recent climb just three days after his 23rd summit of Everest. He climbed to the top on May 15 then returned to base camp before returning once more.

Kami Rita Sherpa, 49, reached the 8,850 meter (29,035 feet) summit by the traditional southeast ridge route, tourism department official Mira Acharya said.

Rita first scaled the 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.

Rita grew up in a village in the shadow of Everest.

Kami Rita, now working as a senior climbing guide at Seven Summit Treks, scaled Mt Everest for the first time on May 13, 1994.

Rita first scaled Everest in 1994 and has been making the trip almost every year since.

Nepali mountaineer Kami Rita Sherpa hopes to break his own record for climbing Everest, aiming for 25 summits.

The climbing season ends in May and hundreds of climbers are now on the Everest, trying to reach the top from both the Nepali and Tibetan sides of the mountain.

Sherpa tribespeople were mostly yak herders and traders living deep within the Himalayas until Nepal opened its borders in the 1950s.

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