Lhakpa Sherpa scales Mt Everest nine times breaking own record
17 May, 2018, 06:55 | Author: Myra Gill
On Wednesday, a pair of veteran Sherpas each set a record for Mount Everest climbs.
Kami Rita Sherpa made the maiden ascent of Qomolangma in 1994 when he was 24 years old.
A 44-year-old woman, Lhakpa Sherpa, who lives in Connecticut, United States, climbed for the ninth time on Wednesday, breaking her own record of the most summits by a woman, her Nepali hiking company said.
Climbing from the Chinese side of the mountain, Sherpa's trip the summit extended her own women's record.
Nepalese mountaineer Lhakpa Sherpa prepares to leave for an expedition to Everest in Kathmandu on April 18, 2018.
Before leaving for Lukla, the gateway to Mt. Everest, late last month, the father-of-two told reporters in Kathmandu that he had no plans to stop climbing the mountain.
Kami Rita apparently hopes to reach 25 times before retiring. He has climbed most of the peaks above 8,000 metres which included K2, Cho-oyu, Lhoste and Annapurna.
Ballinger and others have suggested that a helicopter be used to ferry climbers and supplies to the first camp on the mountain, Camp 1, to improve safety, as is done on other peaks such as Mount Cook in New Zealand. According to the Himalayan Database, a record of expeditions in the Himalayas since 1903, out of 8,306 Everest summits so far, 5,280 have happened from Nepal and 3,026 from Tibet.
The first summit wave happened Monday when some 50 mountaineers and Sherpa guides scaled it.
He said he wants to do this not to break records or set new ones but because of his passion and zeal to climb the Everest.
Summits are underway every day since May 13 after the eight rope-fixing team members opened the climbing route for all climbers.
More than 340 foreign climbers along with their local guides are attempting to climb Everest this month.
Foreigners must pay $11,000 for a permit but cut-price climbing outfits skimping on basic safety requirements have flourished in recent years, luring amateurs to the challenge.
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