Nepali Mountaineer Kami Rita Sherpa Beats Own Record of 25 Everest Climbs

Nepali mountaineer Kami Rita Sherpa broke the previous world record of 25 ascents of the world’s tallest mountain.  

The 52-year-old mountain guide Kami Rita summited Mount Everest for the 26th time on Saturday. 

Kami Rita has set and broken the world record for Everest ascents almost every spring for the past four years.

According to the Guinness World Records, Kami Rita first set the record for Everest summits at 22 in 2018, after sharing the 21-summit record with two other climbers. 

In the following year, Kami Rita conquered Everest for the 23rd time in 2019 and broke it again six days later with his 24th summit.

When Everest reopened amid the pandemic, Kami Rita broke his record once again, with his 25th successful summit.

In an interview with Guinness, Kami Rita said he didn’t make it to the top on his first attempt in 1992 but finished the climb two years later.

In 1953, the first people on record to conquer the mountain were New Zealand mountaineer Edmund Hillary and his Nepali partner Tenzing Norgay. 

Several thousand mountaineers have now summited Everest in almost 70 years, but the mountain has also claimed the lives of over 300 mountaineers, including Russian climber Pavel Kostrikin who died at Camp I on Saturday night, marking the second death of the season.

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