Sherpa climbs Mount Everest for record 23rd time

Rita's closest peers climbed Everest 21 times. They've retired from climbing however

A Sherpa who has scaled to the summit of Mount Everest almost two dozen times broke his own record for most successful ascents of the world's highest peak.

The climbing season ends in May and hundreds of climbers are now on the Everest, trying to reach the top from both the Nepali and Tibetan sides of the mountain.

Except Sherpa, no one has climbed the mountain more than 21 times.

"The 49-years-old veteran climber Kami Rita Sherpa from Thame village of Solukhumbu made 23rd successful climbs over the world's highest peak; Mt. Everest (8848m)".

Last year, Sherpa had climbed Mt Everest for the 22nd time and became the only Mountaineer in the world to hold the record for most summits on Mt Everest.

A guide for more than two decades, he first summited the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) peak in 1994 when working for a commercial expedition.

In addition to his almost two dozen summits of Everest, Rita has scaled several other peaks that are among the world's highest, including K-2, Cho-Oyu, Manaslu and Lhotse.

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He broke his own record for reaching the summit of the world's highest mountain, maximum number of times.

"I am like a soldier who leaves behind their wives, children, and family to battle for the pride of the country", he told the AP.

He said that before climbers reach the summit to take their photographs announcing their success, there are months of hard work done by Sherpas. Their stamina and familiarity with the mountains quickly made them sought-after guides and porters.

Adverse conditions challenge climbers every time, and the a year ago saw the death of 5 climbers including an experienced Sherpa guide.

This could take the total past last year´s record of 807 people reaching the summit.

"The climbers have now been descending to the lower camps safely", Mingma Sherpa told The Himalayan Times.

Nepal has issued a record 378 permits costing $11,000 each for this year's spring climbing season, sparking fears of bottlenecks enroute to the summit if poor weather cuts down the number of climbing days.

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