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In Nepal, “Mr. Everest” reaches the summit for the 29th time

  • May 12, 2024
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Nepalese mountaineer Kami Rita Sherpa reached the summit of Everest for the 29th time on Sunday, breaking her own record for climbing the world’s highest mountain, the organizer of her expedition announced.

“Kami Rita reached the summit this morning (Sunday). He set a new record of 29 ascents of Everest,” Mingma Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks told AFP.

A mountain guide for more than 20 years, Kami Rita Sherpa climbed to the summit of Everest, at an altitude of 8,849 meters, for the first time in 1994. It was then for a commercial expedition.

Since then, he has climbed the world’s highest mountain almost every year, driving clients. We do not know if he was alone or accompanied to beat his record on Sunday.

“Back for a 29th ascent to the summit of the world (…) One man’s work, another man’s, or woman’s, dream,” the 54-year-old mountaineer posted on Instagram during his progression.

In 2023, he climbed to the summit of Everest twice, each time achieving a new record after being caught by another guide, Pasang Dawa Sherpa.

Kami Rita Sherpa has in the past assured that he was only “working” and did not have the objective of setting records.

The Nepalese has several other peaks over 8,000 meters to his credit, including K2 in Pakistan, the second highest mountain in the world.

Nepal has issued 414 permits to climb Everest this year for the spring climbing season, which runs from April to early June.

Most climbers set out with a Nepalese guide. More than 800 people are expected to tackle Everest in the coming weeks, after the departure of a first group of Nepalese on Friday.

Eight of the ten highest mountains on the planet are in Nepal, which welcomes hundreds of adventurers every spring, when conditions are more favorable.

In 2023, more than 600 climbers reached the summit of Everest, which saw a record number of 18 deaths.