Kami Rita climbs Everest for 23rd time, breaks his own record

Kami Rita seen here checking oxygen cylinders and other supplies needed for climbing Mount Everest first scaled Everest in 1994

Kami Rita seen here checking oxygen cylinders and other supplies needed for climbing Mount Everest first scaled Everest in 1994

He works as a guide for foreign mountaineers attempting to climb the Himalayan peak and is known for his endurance and experience at high altitudes.

Kami Rita Sherpa, a native of Thame village located in the shadow of Mount Everest, reached the 8,850-metre (29,035-feet) summit via the Southeast Ridge route, accompanied by another sherpa, tourism department official Mira Acharya said from the base camp.

"It is my profession, but at the time I am setting a new world record for Nepal too", the 49-year-old the Associated Press last month before heading to the mountain.

Rita says he will try and climb the peak two more times.

Rita, 49, first scaled Everest in 1994 and has been making the trip almost every year since, one of many Sherpa guides whose expertise and skills are vital to the safety and success of the hundreds of climbers who head to Nepal each year seeking to stand on top of the world.

He said the only other two Sherpas near his record reached the summit 21 times, but have since retired.

"I know Mount Everest very well, having climbed it 22 times, but at the same time I know I may or may not come back", he told AP last month.

Rita was at Everest's base camp in 2015 when an avalanche swept through, killing 19 people. After that tragedy, he came under intense family pressure to quit mountaineering altogether, but in the end decided against it.

"I am like a soldier who leaves behind their wives, children, and family to battle for the pride of the country", he told the AP. Kami Rita started the climb from the Nepal side of the range, which is one of the two routes to get up top, the other being Tibet.

He said that before climbers reach the summit to take their photographs announcing their success, there are months of hard work done by Sherpas. Their stamina and familiarity with the mountains quickly made them sought-after guides and porters.

Ishwari Paudel of Himalayan Guides Nepal, the company assigned to fix the ropes told AFP that it was really hard this year and they were actually anxious if the assigned eight climbers would reach the top but the weather finally gave way and got friendlier.

Sherpa, 49, reached the summit Wednesday morning, breaking his own record that he set a year ago, his expedition company confirmed.

There are 41 different teams with a total of 378 climbers who have been permitted to scale Everest during this year's spring climbing season. There is an equal number of Nepalese guides helping them to get to the summit.

She said about 30 other climbers were on the way to the summit and were expected to top the peak on Wednesday or Thursday, when the weather window is expected to remain open.

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