Kami Rita Sherpa summits Mount Everest for record 22nd time

Kami Rita Sherpa poses for

Kami Rita Sherpa poses for

Lakpa Sherpa, 44, the world's most successful female Everest climber, also made her ninth climb to the top of the mountain on Wednesday - breaking her own record set previous year.

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

Mountaineering has been his family tradition. He ascended the mountain for the 21st time on May 27, 2017.

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.

Iswari Paudel of Himalayan Guides Nepal, the company assigned to fix the ropes, confirmed that the team has scaled the mountain. His brother has scaled Everest 17 times. Most of his male relatives have reached the top at least once.

Nepalese mountaineer Lhakpa Sherpa prepares to leave for an expedition to Everest in Kathmandu
Nepalese mountaineer Lhakpa Sherpa prepares to leave for an expedition to Everest in Kathmandu

Kami Rita first scaled Everest at 24, and has made the trip nearly every year since then. He has climbed most of the peaks above 8,000 metres which include K2, Cho-oyu, Lhoste and Annapurna. For the 44 year-old Lhakpa is the ninth time on the highest point of the earth, a female record that beats the record set by herself a year ago.

A Sherpa guide has been missing on Everest's southern side in Nepal since Monday, said Mingma of Seven Summits. Phurba Tashi, 47, retired from high-altitude climbing in 2013 but still works at Everest's Base Camp helping organise expeditions.

Weather turned favorable Tuesday night when scores of climbers made a summit push targeting to reach the top Wednesday morning. She lives most of the year in the U.S. state of CT and has a son and two daughters.

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.


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