Nepal's Kami Rita Sherpa climbs Mt. Everest for 22nd time

Posted May 17, 2018

Nepal's 48-year old Kami Rita Sherpa has become the most experienced man in the planet to climb Mount Everest. He plans to summit the mountain at least three more times - meaning he'll set three more records.

From the Chinese side of the mountain, Lhakpa Sherpa, 44, also reached the summit Wednesday for a record ninth time, shattering the record for women she set a year ago.

According to Outside Magazine, Sherpa, 45, reached the summit of Everest at 5:40 a.m. on May 16 with the Seven Summits Club from the Chinese side.

A total of 94 foreign climbers and Sherpas made it to the top of Everest on Wednesday alone.

"Although guides are calling it an incredibly safe route this year, multiple Sherpa have been injured (including one flown to Kathmandu with serious injuries), and there have been countless close calls for clients, guides and Sherpa", said mountaineer Adrian Ballinger, who is leading an expedition on the Tibetan side of the mountain this year due to safety concerns. He first reached the top of Everest in 1994.

He and his team started their expedition on Tuesday evening.

With his record 22nd summit Kami Rita Sherpa has now climbed Everest more times than any other person

Xia Boyu is not the first double-amputee to reach Everest's peak, but he is the oldest. She now lives in the USA and works at a departmental store.

Sherpa climbed the Everest for the 21st time in 2017. In her early days, she would help climbers by cooking form them and worked as a porter before she trained as a climber.

He said he wants to do this not to break records or set new ones but because of his passion and zeal to climb the Everest.

Kami Rita apparently hopes to reach 25 times before retiring.

Several veteran climbers and well-respected Western climbing companies have moved their expeditions to the northern side of the mountain in Tibet in recent years, saying rising temperatures and inexperienced climbers have made the icefall more vulnerable.

For this spring season, the government has issued permits to 346 climbers of 38 teams for Mt. Everest.