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Kami Sherpa scales Everest 23rd time

Kami Sherpa scales Everest 23rd time

Rita has scaled Mount Everest for a 23rd time, breaking his own record for the most successful ascents of the world's highest peak.

According to Mingma Sherpa, Company Chairman at Seven Summit Treks, Kami Rita Sherpa, 49, from Thame village of Solukhumbu district successfully reached the top of Everest at around 7.50 a.m., breaking his own record for most summits on the roof of the world, reports The Himalayan Times.

In addition to his almost two dozen summits of Everest, Rita has scaled several other peaks that are among the world's highest, including K-2, Cho-Oyu, Manaslu and Lhotse.

"I have a goal to climb Everest for 25th time - or maybe more than that", he told Efe news in April before leaving for his expedition.

Most of the climbers are accompanied by a local guide - this means that in the short Everest season around 750 people are on the narrow path to the summit.

Nepal has issued a record 378 permits costing United States dollars 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.

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A boom in climbers has made mountaineering a lucrative business since Sir Edmund Hillary and sherpa Tenzing Norgay made the first ascent in 1953.

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

Rita is working to make sure other Sherpa guides get the recognition they are due. Their stamina and familiarity with the mountains quickly made them sought-after guides and porters.

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.

"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 the Associated Press news agency last month. There are an equal number of Nepalese guides helping them to get to the summit.

A total of 378 climbers have been issued permits to climb the mountain this season.