Sherpa climbs Mount Everest for record 22nd time

Sherpa climbs Mount Everest for record 22nd time

Nepal's Kami Rita Sherpa on Wednesday set a new world record by scaling Mount Everest for the 22nd time. He plans to summit the mountain at least three more times - meaning he'll set three more records. Briton Kenton Cool climbed the mountain for the 13th time, becoming the British national with the most ascents of the world's highest peak.

His latest ascent took him one summit clear of two fellow Sherpas with whom he had shared the earlier record.

He and his team started their expedition on Tuesday evening. Air at the top of Everest contains less than a third of the oxygen at sea level.

Nepalese mountaineer Lhakpa Sherpa prepares to leave for an expedition to Everest in Kathmandu on April 18, 2018. He first climbed Mt. Everest in 1994. She now lives in the U.S. and works at a departmental store.

Kami is a professionally trained Sherpa while Lhakpa is a housewife and avid climber.

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.

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Sherpa climbed the Everest for the 21st time in 2017.

"It has obviously excited me with the feeling that I am going to set a new world record".

Foreigners must pay $11,000 for a permit but cut-price climbing outfits skimping on basic safety requirements have flourished in recent years, luring amateurs to the challenge.

The climbing season for runs from March through May and hundreds of climbers are now on Everest, trying to reach the top from both the Nepali and Tibetan sides of the mountain.

Sherpas are famous for guiding mountaineering expedition and a lot of them come from Solukhumbu district, home to the Everest, or nearby mountainous districts.

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