Two Nepalese Sherpas break world records with Mount Everest climb

Kathmandu, May 16: 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. 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. (Agencies)