Sherpa Kami Rita Sets Record with 22nd Successful Climb of Mount Everest

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 16, 2018

Nepali mountaineer Kami Rita Sherpa, 48, looks on at café in Kathmandu on March 26, 2018.
Kami Rita is a mountaineer guide who has successfully climbed Mount Everest 21 times. He will be attempt a world record by climbing Mount Everest 22 times in this season. / AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMA        (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Kami Rita reached the summit of Mount Everest Wednesday morning, marking a record 22nd time he has reached the top of the tallest mountain in the world, according to Binaj Gurubacharya of the Associated Press.

He was already safely on his way to a lower camp by the afternoon. 

The 48-year-old Sherpa guide from Nepal has climbed the 29,035-foot peak nearly every year since starting at 24 years old. Fellow guides Apa and Phurba Tashi had previously been tied for the record at 21 but have both retired from climbing.

Kami Rita apparently hopes to reach 25 times before retiring.

Meanwhile, Lhakpa Sherpa also reached the summit Wednesday, marking her ninth trip up the mountain. The 44-year-old extended her own record for the most climbs by a woman.

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