Kami Rita Sherpa conquers Everest for a record 29th time

Himal Press 12 May 2024
Kami Rita Sherpa conquers Everest for a record 29th time

KATHMANDU: Kami Rita Sherpa rewrote record books on Sunday when he stood on the summit of Mt Everest for the 29th time.

The veteran Sherpa climber, who hails from Thame village in the Everest region, reached the summit at 7:25 am on Sunday, his expeditions company Seven Summit Treks said in its social media post. In the process, Kami Rita broke the record of the 28th Everest summit which he set last year.

In 2023, Kami Rita reached the summit of Everest twice in eight days.

This legendary Sherpa first claimed the record for the most Everest summits in 2018, breaking the previous record of 21 summits which he shared with Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa. He achieved this feat at the age of 48.

Since then, he has added seven more Everest ascents to his name.

Kami Rita’s journey to Everest began in 1994 when he reached the summit as a high-altitude worker. Since his first summit, he had stood on the Everest summit every year except in 1995, 1996, 2001, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2020. He has reached the summit twice in 2019 and 2023. Likewise, he also reached the summit as a member of the rope-fixing team in 2009, 2010 and 2013 before returning to the summit as a high-altitude worker.

The government has permitted 414 climbers to climb Mt Everest this spring.

Published On: 12 May 2024


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