Nepalese Sherpa completes record 23rd Everest climb


A Sherpa who has scaled to the summit of Mount Everest almost two dozen times broke his own record for most successful ascents of the world's highest peak.

Rita reached the summit with other climbers on Wednesday morning and all of them were reported to be safe, said Gyanendra Shrestha, a Nepalese government official at the mountain's base camp.

"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.

Nepali Mountaineer Kami Rita Sherpa became the first person ever to climb Mount Everest - highest summit on Earth - for a record 23 times on Tuesday.

Talking to media before leaving for Everest, the tireless Sherpa had articulated his intent to retire from climbing after he scales Everest for 25th times.

The accomplished Nepali climber has also conquered other challenging 8,000-metre peaks including the world´s second-highest mountain, K2 in Pakistan.

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Kami Rita first climbed Everest in 1994. "I am like a soldier who leaves behind their wives, children and family to battle for the pride of the country". "Before, I didn't even know that you can set records", said the Sherpa, in the last month, before he left for Everest base camp.

Mr Sherpa broke the record a year ago of 21 summits that he shared with two fellow countrymen, Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa.

Adverse conditions challenge climbers every time, and the previous year saw the death of 5 climbers including an experienced Sherpa guide.

Each May, there are usually only a few windows of good weather near the summit during which climbers can attempt to scale the peak.

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.

There are 41 different teams with a total of 378 climbers who have been permitted to scale Everest during this year's spring climbing season.