The Everest Record Just Got Broken Again

Sherpa guide Kami Rita is up to 30 ascents now
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 24, 2023 1:45 PM CDT
Updated May 22, 2024 9:13 AM CDT
Sherpa Guide Scales Everest a Record 28th Time
Nepalese veteran Sherpa guide Kami Rita waves as he arrives in Kathmandu, Nepal.   (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)
UPDATE May 22, 2024 9:13 AM CDT

Climbing Everest might be a lifelong pursuit for some, but renowned Sherpa guide Kami Rita has done it twice this month alone. In fact, the Nepali's ascent on Tuesday is the 30th overall for the 54-year-old, which beats his own world record, reports the AP. Rita appears to be done climbing—and guiding others to the summit—for the season.

May 24, 2023 1:45 PM CDT

Veteran Sherpa guide Kami Rita scaled Mount Everest for the 28th time Tuesday, beating his own record less than a week after setting it, as two guides compete with each other for the title of most climbs of the world's highest peak. Kami Rita, considered one of the greatest mountain guides, reached the 29,032-foot summit at 9:20am local time Tuesday, according to expedition organizer Seven Summits Treks. His latest climb comes a day after fellow Sherpa guide Pasang Dawa matched his record of 27 trips to the summit.

Kami Rita first summitted Everest in 1994 and has been making the trip nearly every year since, per the AP. He is one of many Sherpa guides whose expertise and skills are vital to the safety and success each year of foreign climbers who seek to stand on top of the mountain. In addition to his Everest climbs, Rita has scaled several other peaks that are among the world's highest, including K2, Cho Oyu, Manaslu and Lhotse. "This journey taught me invaluable lessons about resilience, determination, and the power of human spirit," he wrote on Instagram. "It reminded me that anything is possible when you surround yourself with the right people and believe in yourself wholeheartedly."

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Hundreds of climbers have scaled Mount Everest, or plan to make their attempt, this month. The Nepalese authorities have issued about 480 climbing permits to foreign climbers, which is the most issued for any year. At least as many local Sherpa guides will be accompanying them during the climbing season. So far, 10 people have died during this year's spring climbing season on Everest. (An American was among those who lost their lives.)

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