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

Nepalese veteran Sherpa guide Kami Rita 48 climbed Mount Everest for the record 22nd time

Nepalese veteran Sherpa guide Kami Rita 48 climbed Mount Everest for the record 22nd time

A veteran Sherpa guide scaled Mount Everest on Wednesday for the 22nd time, setting a record for the most climbs of the world's highest mountain, while a female Sherpa made it to the summit for the ninth time, shattering her own record for the most climbs by a woman.

"Kami Rita Sherpa reached the summit this morning at around 8:30 a.m. local time along with other climbers", Gyanendra Shrestha, an official at the Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, told Xinhua via telephone from the base camp.

Most hopefuls are escorted by a Nepali guide, meaning about 700 climbers will tread the same path to the top of the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) peak in the coming weeks.

The rapid growth in the climbing industry has accompanied complaints of overcrowding on the mountain and fears that inexperienced mountaineers could run into trouble.

Kami Rita first climbed Everest as a 24-year-old in 1994.

Trekkers rest at Everest Base Camp Nepal. A group of Nepalese sherpa guides reached the summit of Mount Everest fixing

The other two previous summit record-holders are also Sherpas. However, an informed source from Everest Base Camp told The Kathmandu Post that Phurba Tashi may climb Everest again.

She moved to the United States 16 years ago and says she plans to continue climbing, while keeping her job in the supermarket. She lives most of the year in the U.S. state of CT and has a son and two daughters.

The route to the summit was opened up by a team of Sherpa guides earlier this week.

Although Sherpa was scheduled to climb the world's tallest peak on Thursday, he achieved the feat a day before, surprising all his mountaineering colleagues and officials.

Ethnic Sherpas, renowned for their endurance and experience at high altitudes, serve as guides for many foreign mountaineers attempting to climb the highest Himalayan peaks.

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