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Two Nepalese Sherpas break world records with Mount Everest climb

Kami Rita Sherpa successfully scaled Mt Everest for the 22nd time, while Lhakpa Sherpa climbed the mountain for the ninth time.

world Updated: May 16, 2018 19:49 IST
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Kami Rita Sherpa poses for a picture at Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu on March 26, 2018.
Kami Rita Sherpa poses for a picture at Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu on March 26, 2018.(Reuters)

Two Nepalese Sherpas, a man and a woman, on Wednesday set new world records for most ascents the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest.

Kami Rita Sherpa, 48, successfully scaled Sagarmatha, as the 8,848-metre Everest in known in Nepal, for the 22nd time and set a record for most ascents of the peak by a male climber.

Lhakpa Sherpa, 44, broke her own record by climbing Everest for the ninth time – the highest number of ascents by a woman.

A total of 94 foreign climbers and Sherpas made it to the top of Everest on Wednesday alone. Briton Kenton Cool climbed the mountain for the 13th time, becoming the British national with the most ascents of the world’s highest peak.

Kami Rita made it to the peak at 8.30 am on Wednesday, breaking the previous record of 21 ascents set by Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa of Nepal, both of whom have retired from mountaineering expeditions.

He and his team started their expedition on Tuesday evening. Kami made his first ascent of Everest in 1994 when he was 24. One of his ascents was made from the Chinese side in 2016.

Lhakpa stood at the top of Everest early on Wednesday too. The mother of 11 has already been acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records for climbing the Everest eight times.

Nepalese mountaineer Lhakpa Sherpa prepares to leave for an expedition to Everest in Kathmandu on April 18, 2018. (AFP)

She joined her first Everest expedition in 2000. She currently lives in the US and works at a departmental store.

Kami is a professionally trained Sherpa while Lhakpa is a housewife and avid climber. In her early days, she would help climbers by cooking form them and worked as a porter before she trained as a climber.

Before leaving the Everest base camp, Kami had announced that he intends to climb Everest 25 times. He said he wants to do this not to break records or set new ones but because of his passion and zeal to climb the Everest.

No incidents or deaths have been reported so far during this year’s climbing season. Dozens of mountaineers and Sherpas have climbed the Everest since the beginning of the spring climbing season.

Sherpas are famous for guiding mountaineering expedition and most of them come from Solukhumbu district, home to the Everest, or nearby mountainous districts.