Nepalese Sherpa (climbing guide) mountaineer Kami Rita, 53, has climbed the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest (8,848.86 meters above sea level), twice in a week, setting a new record of 28 summits.
On Sept. 23 (local time), Nepali media and foreign media, including the Himalayan Times, citing officials from her climbing support company, 스포츠토토 reported that she successfully reached the summit of Everest for the 28th time at 9:23 a.m. that day.
This marks the second time she has stood on the summit of Mount Everest in the past 17 days.
Earlier, another Nepali Sherpa, Pasang Dawa Sherpa, 46, set a record of 27 summits when he reached the summit of Everest back-to-back on April 14 and 22.
He descended from the summit on the 17th and immediately climbed back up to break the record.
Lita stunned the world again in May 2019 when he summited Everest twice in a week, on the 15th and 21st.
It was his 23rd and 24th summits of Everest.
Rita first summited Everest in May 1994, following his Sherpa father.
He has summited Everest almost every year since then, and has also climbed K2 and other high peaks several times.
In Nepal, Sherpas are increasingly moving beyond the role of climbing support to attempting records themselves.
In May of last year, Lhakpa Sherpa, a mother of three boys, summited Everest for the 10th time, breaking her own record for the most women to summit the mountain.
In July of the same year, Sanu Sherpa became the first person in the world to summit all 14 8,000-meter peaks in the Himalayas more than once when she reached the summit of Pakistan’s Gasher Broom II (8,350 meters).
Sherpa is both an ethnic name and a surname in Nepal, and is usually used to refer to a climbing guide.