Two Sherpa guides scale Nepal's Mount Everest, setting new records

Elias Hubbard
May 16, 2018

Weather turned favorable Tuesday night when scores of climbers made a summit push targeting to reach the top Wednesday morning.

A Nepali woman climber today broke her own world record by scaling Mt Everest for the ninth time.

Kami Rita Sherpa, 48, successfully scaled Sagarmatha, as the 8,848-metre Everest in known in Nepal, for the 22nd time and set a record for most ascents of the peak by a male climber.

He and his team started climbing last night from South Col (Nepal Side) and reached the summit at around 8:30 am today, according to Pemba Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks, which organised the record expedition.

A boom in climbers has made mountaineering a lucrative business since Sir Edmund Hillary and sherpa Tenzing Norgay made the first ascent in 1953.

From the Chinese side of the mountain, Lhakpa Sherpa, 44, also reached the summit on Wednesday for a record ninth time, adding to the record for women she set previous year.

The first summit wave happened Monday when some 50 mountaineers and Sherpa guides scaled it.

Mountaineering has been his family tradition. His brother has scaled Everest 17 times.

Kami Rita first scaled Everest at 24, and has made the trip nearly every year since then.

The other two previous summit record-holders are also Sherpas. Phurba Tashi, 47, retired from high-altitude climbing in 2013 but still works at Everest's Base Camp helping organise expeditions.

The route to the summit was opened up by a team of Sherpa guides earlier this week.

She moved to the United States 16 years ago and says she plans to continue climbing, while keeping her job in the supermarket.

Ethnic Sherpas, renowned for their endurance and experience at high altitudes, serve as guides for many foreign mountaineers attempting to climb the highest Himalayan peaks.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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