Nepal climber scales Mount Everest for record 23rd time

Nepal climber scales Mount Everest for record 23rd time

Kathmandu: A 49-year-old veteran Nepali sherpa has scaled Mount Everest for the 23rd time, breaking his own record in reaching atop the world's highest peak, media reports said Wednesday.

Tashi Lakha Sherpa of Seven Summit treks gushed that Kami Rita's feat was a matter of national pride.

"Without the help of Sherpas, it would be for many foreigners is impossible, the mountains to climb", said Ang Tshering Sherpa, the former President of the Nepal mountaineering Association.

Sherpa, who hails from Thame village in Solukhumbu district, first climbed Mt. Everest in 1994.

And, a Nepali guide has been assigned, who will be showing the path to 750 climbers to the top of the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) peak in the coming weeks.

A record 807 climbers reached the summit of Mount Everest past year, with 563 people climbing from the south and 244 from the northern flank in Tibet. Kami Rita started the climb from the Nepal side of the range, which is one of the two routes to get up top, the other being Tibet.

Nepal Government has issued a record number of 378 permits (of cost United States dollars 11,000 per head) to mountaineers to climb the Mount Everest in this Spring 2019.

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"However, when these climbers reach the summit, only their names are highlighted and nothing mentioned about the hard work done by the Sherpas", Rita said last month.

Thus, the last year's record of 807 people could be broken, the reached the summit. Kami Rita Sherpa has been working for more than two decades as a mountain guide.

"The climbers have now been descending to the lower camps safely", Mingma Sherpa told The Himalayan Times.

A total of 378 climbers have been issued permits to climb the mountain this season.

Acharya said dozens of climbers are trailing Sherpa with the aim of reaching the summit Wednesday.

Tourism, which includes mountain climbing, is the main source of income for cash-strapped Nepal, home to eight of the world's 14 highest mountains.

Spring is the most popular climbing season in Nepal because of favorable weather conditions.

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