Sherpa climbs Mount Everest for record 23rd time

Sergio Conner
May 18, 2019

A 49-year-old Nepalese climber, Kami Rita Sherpa scaled Mount Everest for the 23rd time on Wednesday.

They also prepared facilities required for the mountain climbers who are expected to climb Mount Everest.

"It would be impossible for many foreign climbers to summit mountains without the help of a Sherpa", said Ang Tshering Sherpa, former president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association.

Mountaineering has become a lucrative business since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made the first ascent of Everest in 1953.

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.

"I am not risen to break records, I just worked".

Kami and seven other Nepali's reached the top of Mount Everest on Tuesday.

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"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.

21st times Everest summiteer Apa Sherpa and Phurwa Tashi Sherpa have already taken retirement from climbing.

Adverse conditions challenge climbers every time, and the a year ago saw the death of 5 climbers including an experienced Sherpa guide. The Sherpas are the ones who take care of setting up the camps, carrying the loads on their backs, cooking food and carrying oxygen tanks.

During this time, climbers gradually do longer and longer climbs from base camp, before going for the summit.

She said about 30 other climbers were on the way to the summit and were expected to top the peak on Wednesday or Thursday, when the weather window is expected to remain open. "Before, I didn't even know that you can set records", said the Sherpa, in the last month, before he left for Everest base camp.

Ishwari Paudel of Himalayan Guides Nepal, the company assigned to fix the ropes told AFP that it was really hard this year and they were actually anxious if the assigned eight climbers would reach the top but the weather finally gave way and got friendlier.

This season, almost 1,000 people, including 378 paying climbers, will attempt the summit.

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