KATHMANDU, Nepal — Sherpa climber Kami Rita scaled Mount Everest on Wednesday for a 23rd time, breaking his personal document for probably the most profitable ascents of the world’s highest peak.
Rita reached the summit with different climbers Wednesday morning and all of them had been reported to be secure, stated Gyanendra Shrestha, a Nepalese authorities official on the mountain’s base camp.
Rita’s two closest friends have climbed the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak 21 instances every, however each of them have retired from mountaineering.
“It’s my occupation, however on the similar time I’m setting new world document for Nepal too,” Rita instructed The Related Press final month earlier than heading to the mountain.
Rita, 49, first scaled Everest in 1994 and has been making the journey practically yearly since, one in all many Sherpa guides whose experience and expertise are very important to the security and success of the a whole bunch of climbers who head to Nepal every year looking for to face on prime of the world.
His father was among the many first Sherpa guides employed to assist climbers attain the summit, and Rita adopted in his footsteps after which some. Along with his practically two dozen summits of Everest, Rita has scaled a number of different peaks which can be among the many world’s highest, together with Ok-2, Cho-Oyu, Manaslu and Lhotse.
Rita was at Everest’s base camp in 2015 when an avalanche swept by, killing 19 folks. After that tragedy, he got here beneath intense household strain to stop mountaineering altogether, however in the long run determined in opposition to it.
“I do know Mount Everest very nicely, having climbed it 22 instances, however on the similar time I do know I’ll or might not come again,” he instructed AP final month. “I’m like a soldier who leaves behind their wives, kids and household to battle for the satisfaction of the nation.”
Rita has been an advocate for different Sherpa guides, who he stated don’t get the popularity they’re due.
He stated that earlier than climbers attain the summit to take their images asserting their success, there are months of onerous work performed by Sherpas. The Sherpas are those who care for establishing the camps, carrying the masses on their backs, cooking meals and carrying oxygen tanks.
Maybe most necessary, it’s Sherpas who every year repair ropes and ladders over crevasses and icefalls that make issues safer for the a whole bunch of climbers who will comply with them.
“Nevertheless, when these climbers attain the summit, solely their names are highlighted and nothing talked about in regards to the onerous work performed by the Sherpas,” Rita stated final month.
Sherpa tribespeople had been principally yak herders and merchants dwelling deep throughout the Himalayas till Nepal opened its borders within the 1950s. Their stamina and familiarity with the mountains shortly made them sought-after guides and porters.
On Tuesday, it was a crew of Sherpa guides who once more had been the primary to achieve Everest’s summit this 12 months, finishing their superior work of establishing ropes and features.
There are 41 totally different groups with a complete of 378 climbers who’ve been permitted to scale Everest throughout this 12 months’s spring climbing season. There are an equal variety of Nepalese guides serving to them to get to the summit.
Every Might, there are normally just a few home windows of fine climate close to the summit throughout which climbers can try to scale the height.