Jannah Theme License is not validated, Go to the theme options page to validate the license, You need a single license for each domain name.
World News

Sherpa guide who’s climbed Mount Everest a record 28 times says he’s not ready to retire

One of the world’s greatest mountain guides says he’s not ready to retire after climbing Mount Everest for a record 28th time


Veteran Sherpa guide Kami Rita speaks to the media upon his arrival at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday, May 25, 2023. The 53-year-old guide climbed Mount Everest for the 28th time on Tuesday, beating his own record in a week as two guides battle it out for the title of most climbs of the world’s highest peak. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

The Associated Press

Kathmandu, Nepal — One of the world’s greatest mountain guides said on Thursday he was not ready to retire after climbing Mount Everest for a record 28th time.

Nepalese Sherpa Kami Rita reached the 8,849-metre (29,032ft) summit of the world’s tallest mountain on Tuesday, breaking his own record less than a week after setting it.

“I will continue to climb as long as my body allows,” the 53-year-old guide told reporters after arriving from the mountain at Kathmandu airport, where he was greeted as a hero by supporters and members of the his family.

He said his goal was not to compete for records, but to help his overseas clients climb the mountain.

This year’s climbing season is almost over and his next climb will have to wait until next spring.

Kami Rita reached the summit a day after fellow Sherpa guide Pasang Dawa equaled her previous record of 27 ascents.

A race for the title began with Pasang Dawa scaling the summit for the 26th time on May 14, equaling Kami Rita’s previous record. Kami Rita reached the summit three days later for the 27th time.

Kami Rita first climbed Everest in 1994 and has done so almost every year since then. He is one of many Sherpa guides whose expertise and skills are essential to the safety and success of foreign climbers seeking to reach the top of the mountain. His father was among the first Sherpa guides.

Kami Rita has climbed many of the highest peaks in the world besides Everest including K2, Cho Oyu, Manaslu and Lhotse.

Thousands of people have climbed Mount Everest since it was first conquered by New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay in 1953. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the first ascent.

ABC News

Not all news on the site expresses the point of view of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.
Back to top button