Kami Rita Sherpa scales Mount Everest for record 22nd time

Leroy Wright
May 17, 2018

Mr Kami Rita Sherpa, a professional guide, and Ms Lhakpa Sherpa, who works in a supermarket in CT, reached the summit from opposite sides of the 8,848m mountain yesterday.

A guide for more than two decades, he broke the previous record of 21 summits that he shared with two other Sherpas.

Lhakpa, who lives with her daughters in Hartford has climbed Everest at 6 am from the North Col (Tibet Side) with a few climbers from her team.

The first summit wave happened Monday when some 50 mountaineers and Sherpa guides scaled it. His brother has scaled Everest 17 times. He has also climbed numerous region's other high peaks, including K-2, Cho-Oyu, Manaslu and Lhotse.

Apa, a 58-year-old guide who uses only one name, retired in 2011 and moved to Utah. However, an informed source from Everest Base Camp told The Kathmandu Post that Phurba Tashi may climb Everest again.

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

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The three people who were injured were nearby and were being questioned by investigators late Tuesday night, he said. Authorities will not enter the building until they "deem it safe", he said. "And the ground shook", he told CNN.

A total of 94 foreign climbers and Sherpas made it to the top of Everest on Wednesday alone. She lives most of the year in the USA state of CT and has a son and two daughters.

Summits are underway every day since May 13 after the eight rope-fixing team members opened the climbing route for all climbers.

Meanwhile, a 69-year-old double amputee climber from China flew on a helicopter from Everest to Kathmandu on Wednesday, two days after climbing the mountain. Xia Boyu, 70, reached the top of the world's highest peak at 8:40 am, becoming the first double leg amputee to accomplish the feat from the Nepal side.

His son Xia Dengping, who was with him at the airport, told reporters his father is a hero.

As many as 346 climbers of 38 groups have taken permission to climb the Mount Everest.

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