Everest hero to quit at the peak of his powers

World | AGENCIES 22 May 2019

A Nepali sherpa reached the summit of Mount Everest for a record 24th time yesterday, his second ascent in just a week, and he has set his sights on one more climb before he retires.

Kami Rita Sherpa, 49, reached the 8,850-meter summit by the traditional southeast ridge route, tourism department official Mira Acharya said.

Two other climbers, both sherpas, have scaled Everest 21 times each. They have both retired.

Kami says he wants to climb the mountain one more time. He first reached the summit in 1994 while working for a commercial expedition. In the 25 years since, he has made 35 summits on five 8,000m peaks.

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