Sherpa From West Hartford Scales Mount Everest For Record Ninth Time


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.

With the ascent of 8,848-meter high Qomolangma, 48-year-old Sherpa has set a new record by climbing the world's highest peak for maximum times.

Lhakpa Sherpa, 44, broke her own record by climbing Everest for the ninth time - the highest number of ascents by a woman.

She climbed from the Tibetan side of the mountain and was accompanied by a guide during the ascent.

Mingma Gelu Sherpa, Managing Director at Seven Summit Adventure told THT from the base camp that Lhakpa along with a team led by Alex Abramov made it to the summit at around 5:40 am.

Previous year seven people lost their lives on the world's highest peak, while 449 summited from the Nepal side and at least another 120 made it to the top from the north side in Tibet.

"This has paved the way for other climbers to reach the summit as well".

Trekkers rest at Everest Base Camp Nepal. A group of Nepalese sherpa guides reached the summit of Mount Everest fixing
Sherpa From West Hartford Scales Mount Everest For Record Ninth Time

A year ago she climbed for a record eighth time and in July she spoke about her experience and shared photographs of her journey at West Hartford's Noah Webster Library.

Before leaving the Everest base camp, Kami had announced that he intends to climb Everest 25 times.

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

Lhakpa stood at the top of Everest early on Wednesday too.

Dozens of climbers were expected to reach the top on Wednesday, taking advantage of the good weather on the mountain, according to Shrestha.

A Sherpa guide has been missing on Everest's southern side in Nepal since Monday, said Mr Mingma of Seven Summits. At least 10 of 39 oxygen bottle regulators had failed, making several teams give up their climbs.

"Multiple teams using the same device have experienced similar oxygen system failures". Some 26 climbers had to descend to fix their oxygen regulators.

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