Sherpa Kami Rita Shatters Mount Everest’s Summit Record: 27 Conquests and Counting!
With his remarkable achievement of 22 successful ascents, Kami Rita Sherpa established himself as the new record holder for conquering Mount Everest.
Renowned Nepalese climber Kami Rita Sherpa made history on Wednesday as he successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest for an astonishing 27th time. With this remarkable feat, Kami Rita Sherpa has reclaimed the prestigious record for the highest number of ascents on the world’s tallest peak.
Mingma Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks, the expedition organizer, informed AFP, “He successfully reached the summit this morning guiding a Vietnamese climber.” This achievement further adds to the legacy of the 53-year-old climber, who has held the title since 2018.
Having surpassed the previously shared record with two retired Sherpa climbers, Kami Rita Sherpa secured the title in 2018 after ascending Mount Everest for the 22nd time. Since then, he has continued to expand his remarkable record, solidifying his position as a true mountaineering legend.
Climbing legends: Record-breaking mountaineers
Pasang Dawa Sherpa, aged 46, matched the record on Sunday with his 26th successful summit of Mount Everest. Kami Rita Sherpa, an experienced guide for over two decades, attained his initial summit in 1994 and has since maintained a consistent presence, scaling the peak almost annually.
Kami Rita Sherpa showcases expertise and leadership, leading rope-fixing teams to ensure climbers’ safety.
“These records were made not with an intention to make them but during my work as a guide,” Sherpa told AFP last month as he headed to the base camp.
Sherpa’s incredible journey
Known as “the Everest man,” Sherpa was born in 1970 in Thame, a renowned Himalayan village known for nurturing accomplished mountaineers.
From a young age, Sherpa witnessed his father and later his brother donning mountaineering equipment to embark on expeditions as experienced guides. Inspired by their footsteps, Sherpa soon began following in their footsteps.
In a remarkable feat in 2019, he achieved the summit twice within a mere six-day interval, showcasing his exceptional endurance and determination.
Nepal’s booming mountaineering industry
Nepal, renowned for its majestic peaks, attracts numerous adventurers each spring when favourable weather conditions prevail. With 478 permits issued to foreign climbers this year, the cost of a summit ranges from $45,000 to $200,000, including the $11,000 permit fee. Over 900 climbers, a record number, accompanied by Nepali Sherpa guides, will attempt to reach the summits, undertaking critical responsibilities such as equipment transportation, rope fixing, and ladder repairs.