Nepal’s mountaineer Kami Rita Sherpa has set up world record by climbing Mouth Everest for the most number of times with his 23rd conquest.
Kami Rita Sherpa started the climb from Nepal side almost strolled into the Mt Everest as eight Nepali climbers including him reached the top of Mount Everest on Tuesday, opening the route for a potentially record number of climbers to summit the world’s highest mountain in the coming weeks.
These Sherpa’s are called the ice doctors, who go up first and fix the ropes for the traffic of mountaineers to come in the next few days.
“It has been difficult this year and we were getting worried. But the weather finally improved for the eight to reach the top,” Iswari Paudel of Himalayan Guides Nepal, the company assigned to fix the ropes.
Mr. Poudel said that many teams were preparing to summit in the next few days. This year Nepal has issued a record 378 permits costing $11,000 each to mountaineers for this year’s spring climbing season, sparking fears of overcrowding if the weather cuts down the number of climbing days.
Each of the Everest hopefuls are escorted by a Nepali guide, meaning about 750 climbers will tread the same path to the top of the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) peak in the coming weeks.
And at least 140 others are preparing to scale Everest using the northern route from Tibet, according to expedition operators, potentially taking the total past last year’s record.
Each year between mid May and Mid June, the mountaineers from all over the world descend in the Everest base camp to use the window of opportunity.
A record 807 climbers reached the summit of Mount Everest last year, with 563 people climbing from the south and 244 from the northern flank in Tibet. The mountain also claimed the lives of five climbers, including an experienced Sherpa guide who was knocked down a crevasse by a rescue helicopter.