Kami Rita Sets Everest Record With 22nd Climb to Summit

Hannah Rogers
May 17, 2018

For the 44 year-old Lhakpa is the ninth time on the highest point of the earth, a female record that beats the record set by herself a year ago. He first reached the top of Everest in 1994.

"It has obviously excited me with the feeling that I am going to set a new world record".

"Although guides are calling it an incredibly safe route this year, multiple Sherpa have been injured (including one flown to Kathmandu with serious injuries), and there have been countless close calls for clients, guides and Sherpa", said mountaineer Adrian Ballinger, who is leading an expedition on the Tibetan side of the mountain this year due to safety concerns.

Similarly, Lhakpa Sherpa, 45, has also broken her own record by successfully climbing Everest for the ninth time, the most by a woman in the world, confirmed Mingma Gelu Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks.

Officials said Kami Rita reached the summit on Wednesday with a team of foreign climbers, while Lakpa Sherpa reached the peak from the Chinese side.

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Kami Rita first scaled Everest at age 24, and has made the trip nearly every year since then.

Number of times Mr Kami Rita, 48, a professional guide, has reached the Everest summit. In her early days, she would help climbers by cooking form them and worked as a porter before she trained as a climber.

Foreigners must pay $11,000 for a permit but cut-price climbing outfits skimping on basic safety requirements have flourished in recent years, luring amateurs to the challenge. "I have been climbing mountains for women's empowerment", Lhakpa told THT while leaving for Tibet last month.

The twin records come on the heels of Australian Steve Plain becoming the fastest person to conquer the highest mountains on all seven continents.

Hundreds of climbers are on Everest attempting to reach the summit during the narrow window of good weather in May. Research by the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development shows that the Khumbu glacier is retreating at an average of 65 feet per year, raising the risk of avalanche. "There are no reported injuries".

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