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Sherpa Kami Rita Sets Record with 22nd Successful Climb of Mount Everest

Sherpa Kami Rita Sets Record with 22nd Successful Climb of Mount Everest

A veteran Sherpa guide has scaled Mount Everest for the 22nd time, setting a record for the most climbs of the world's highest mountain.

Kami made his first scaled Everest in 1994 when he was 24 years old.

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

Meanwhile, Lhakpa Sherpa also reached the summit Wednesday, marking her ninth trip up the mountain.

Lhakpa, who climbed from the Tibetan side of the mountain, was accompanied by a guide during the ascent, said Rajiv Shrestha of the Seven Summit Club that organized her expedition. He has climbed most of the peaks above 8,000 metres which included K2, Cho-oyu, Lhoste and Annapurna.

Both of the other previous record holders are retired from climbing.

Everest oxygen failure accidents avoided

A year ago seven people lost their lives on the world's highest peak, while 449 summited from the Nepal side and at least another 120 made it to the top from the north side in Tibet. However, an informed source from Everest Base Camp told The Kathmandu Post that Phurba Tashi may climb Everest again. She lives most of the year in the USA state of CT and has a son and two daughters. In her early days, she would help climbers by cooking form them and worked as a porter before she trained as a climber.

"This has paved the way for other climbers to reach the summit as well".

Hundreds of climbers are on Everest attempting to reach the summit during the narrow window of good weather in May.

Before leaving for Lukla, the gateway to Mt. Everest, late last month, the father-of-two told reporters in Kathmandu that he had no plans to stop climbing the mountain.

Xia Boyu is not the first double-amputee to reach Everest's peak, but he is the oldest.

The route to the top of Mt. Everest was opened Sunday when eight rope-fixing Sherpas stood atop the mountain.

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