Kami Rita Sherpa, 53, completed his latest ascent early on May 17. Kami Rita is a senior guide at the Kathmandu expedition company Seven Summit Treks. He began his career in mountaineering in 1992.
Kami Rita was already a record holder after achieving a world-beating 26th climb of Everest last year. Just this week, a fellow Nepali, 46-year-old Pasang Dawa Sherpa, tied Kami’s achievement with a 26th climb. Their tie lasted two days before Kami summited again to break the record.
May is the peak season for climbing Everest, which is known as Sagarmatha in Nepali. The country issued permits for a record 463 foreign climbers for the 2023 Everest season, the highest number ever, raising concerns that there could be repeats of long queues to reach the top seen in previous years. Waits to summit have previously been blamed for fatalities on the mountain.
Nepal is home to eight of the world’s 10 highest peaks, including Everest, making mountaineering a significant source of revenue for the country. Everest has been climbed more than 11,000 times, from both the Nepali and Tibetan sides, since it was first scaled in 1953, with many people going up multiple times.
According to CNN/ guardian