September 22, 2023, Friday
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More climbers scale Mt. Everest

Kami Rita Sherpa climbs Mt Everest for a record 27th time, attempting for 28th ascent

The Nepal Weekly
May 23, 2023
Kamirita Sherpa

The mountaineers gathered at the lower reaches of Mt Everest have started stepping on top of the world. This was started after fixing rope for the route by Sherpa guides. Rope fixing was completed last week 11 days ago.

The rope fixing Sherpa guides reached the top first. After that a number of climbers reached the top. Sources say that around 200 climbers have reached the summit of Everest this season.

Kami Rita Sherpa, a renowned Sherpa mountain guide has retained the record for most climbs of Mount Everest. Kami Rita Sherpa who is now 53 years old reached the top of the 8,849-meter mountain for the 27th time on Wednesday Morning. He was guiding a climbers’ team along the traditional southern route.

A few days earlier, Pasang Dawa Sherpa, another Nepali mountain guide, reached the top for the 26th time. It was tying Kami Rita’s earlier record set last year.

Kami Rita first climbed Everest in 1994 and has been making the trip nearly every year since then.

The first above-the-knee double amputee Hari Budha Magar has created history on climbing Mt Everest by physically disable person on May 19.

Hari climbed Everest to inspire differently-abled people from all across the globe and prove a point that if given the right opportunity, even they could break the stigma and do wonders.

Hari Budha Magar

The journey to the summit has not been an easy one for Hari as he had to fight a long legal battle after Nepal’s government, in 2017, banned amputees from climbing Everest. The Supreme Court, however, reversed the government’s decision to the delight of many amputee adventurers.

Earlier to successful climb to Mt Everest, Hari had climbed Mt Tubcal (4167) of North Africa, Chulu Far East (6059) Kilimanjaro (5895), Mera Peak (6476) and sky dive from Mt Everest. Hari was a resident of Mirul village of Rolpa, Nepal.

Another noted successful Mt Everest climber is LakpaSonam Sherpa who reached the summit of Everest on Wednesday morning. He had prepared to climb the Seven Summits in 2015.

Along with climbing Everest, Lakpa Sonam Sherpa has successfully climbed all the highest mountains of the seven continents of the world.

63-year-old Lhakpa Sonam Sherpa is the husband of the late PasangLhamu Sherpa, the first Nepalese woman to climb Mount Everest. He is the founder of Thamserku Trekking Company, and has been involved with the tourism sector for nearly 5 decades. He is also the executive chairman of Yeti Airlines and Tara Airlines.

Lakpa Sonam Sherpa

Lakpa Sonam Sherpa has now completed all ‘real seven summits.’Earlier, he had climbed Mt Aconcagua (6,962 m) in Argentina, Mt Denali (6,190 m) in North America, Mt Kilimanjaro (5,895 m) in Africa, Mt Elbrus (5,642 m) in Europe, Puncak Jaya/ Mt Carstensz (4,884 m) in Oceania and Mt Vinson (4,892 m) in Antarctica.

Department of Tourism, for this season,had permitted a total of 466 climbers from 43 groups have obtained permits to climb the highest mountain in the world.

As of reports of May 19th, death of some climbers and Sherpas reached eight this season.

Two climbers died on Thursday. China’s Xuebin Chen died high up on the mountain while India’s Suzanne Leopoldina Jesus died in Lukla during treatment.

Reports coming out of the mountain are of Chen falling to his death near the South Summit. Jesus, on the other hand, was suffering from illness and had refused to leave base camp before she was taken to Lukla for treatment.

On May 1, American doctor Jonathon Sugarman died at camp 2 on Everest while Phurba Sherpa, a member of Nepal Army’s clean-up campaign died near camp 4 on May 16. Moldovan climber Victor Brinza died at the South Col on May 17. All these deaths were due to high altitude sickness, said sources from base camp.