Sherpa, 48, climbs Everest for 22nd time
Kathmandu: A 48-year-old Nepali mountaineer climbed Mount Everest for a 22nd time on Wednesday, creating a new record for the most summits of the world's highest mountain, hiking officials said.
Kami Rita Sherpa reached the 8,850-metre summit via the Southeast Ridge route, accompanied by 13 other climbers including his clients, tourism department official Gyanendra Shrestha said from the base camp. His latest ascent took him one summit clear of two fellow sherpas with whom he had shared the earlier record.
"He has set the world record,"? said Mingma Sherpa, chairman of the Seven Summit Treks company that employs Kami. Kami had begun his descent and is expected to reach base camp by the weekend, Shrestha said.
The route taken on the ascent was pioneered by New Zealand's Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay when they became the first climbers to reach the summit in 1953.
The climbing season runs from March to May. Reuters