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Nepal's Kami Rita Sherpa climbs Mt. Everest for 22nd time

Nepal's Kami Rita Sherpa climbs Mt. Everest for 22nd time Nepal's Kami Rita Sherpa climbs Mt. Everest for 22nd time
Gerardo Duncan | 17 May, 2018, 06:53

The United States-based climber has repeatedly broken her own record for the most Everest summits by a woman.

A total of 94 foreign climbers and Sherpas made it to the top of Everest on Wednesday alone.

Kami Rita Sherpa made the maiden ascent of Qomolangma in 1994 when he was 24 years old.

Nepal Mountaineering Association President Santa Bir Lama said climbing Everest can never be risk-free, no matter the side of the ascent, and that those moving to Tibet miss the chance of working with Nepal's famous Sherpa as well as - in his view - a more satisfying climb.

"The icefall is obviously a risky place to be, especially later on in the season and with increased temperatures experienced in the Himalayas due to climate change", Phil Crampton of the climbing company Altitude Junkies told the Everest blogger Alan Arnette earlier this year.

She first climbed Everest from South Col in 2000 and since has climbed from the North Col eight times.

Mr Kami Rita, 48, was one of six sherpas who took seven clients to the summit from the Nepali side, Mr Mingma Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks, who organised the expedition, said. She lives most of the year in the USA state of CT and has a son and two daughters.

Kami is a professionally trained Sherpa while Lhakpa is a housewife and avid climber.

The daughter of a yak herder, Ms Lhakpa worked as a porter and kitchen hand on trekking and mountaineering expeditions, before becoming a climber herself.

Before leaving for the mountain last month, Kami Rita told The Associated Press that he wanted to scale Everest at least 25 times.

"I did not start climbing to set a world record", he said last month, before setting out for the mountain.

"There are fewer ladders compared to previous years and hardly any complex features to climb and cross", said Ang Sarki Sherpa.

The climbing season for runs from March through May and hundreds of climbers are now on Everest, trying to reach the top from both the Nepali and Tibetan sides of the mountain.

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