Apa Sherpa, who's been nicknamed Super Sherpa for his mountaineering feats, bettered his own world record on Wednesday by reaching the top of Mount Everest for the 21st time.
The 51-year-old who was leading Eco Everest Expedition 2011, aimed at cleaning the mountain of garbage, set foot on the peak at 9:15am along with five other climbers.
Apa and Chris Shumate (49) of USA, Bruno Gremior (39) of Switzerland and three Sherpas — Ang Dawa Sherpa, Phurba Sherpa and Arita Sherpa had started their final ascent to the top on Tuesday night.
"Apa's record will help highlight the adverse impact of climate change and rampant garbage disposal on Mount Everest," said Ang Tshering Sherpa, Chairman of Asian Trekking, which had organized the expedition.
Super Sherpa who set foot on top of Everest for the first time in May 1990 has been leading the annual Eco Everest Expedition since 2008 with the message to ‘Stop Climate Change'.
Over the years the expedition has collected 13,500 kg of garbage left behind by previous teams, recovered debris of an Italian Army helicopter that crashed in 1973 and four dead bodies.
"Like previous years, this year the expedition will again bring down garbage, sort and send it for proper disposal," said Dawa Steven Sherpa of Eco Everest Expedition 2011.
In another development, the body of former Nepal minister Shailendra Kumar Upadhyay who died on Monday while attempting a record bid on Everest was brought to Kathmandu in a Nepal Army helicopter on Wednesday.
The 82-year-old had collapsed and died in an attempt to become the oldest person on top of Everest by shattering the record set by Min Bahadur Sherchan (76) in 2008.