Almost a week after have broken their own record of the greatest number of climbs to Everest, the Nepalese mountaineer Kami Rita Sherpa returned on Tuesday to crown the top of the highest mountain in the world, at 8,848 meters of altitude, adding up to 24 ascents.
The experienced climber, 49, began the ascent to Everest on May 18, after a short break three days in the base camp after his twenty-third climb.
"Kami Rita reached the top of Everest at 6:38 on Tuesday (00.53 GMT)," said Efe Mingma Sherpa, director of the company in charge of the expedition, Seven Summit Treks.
The Nepalese climber departed last night from the penultimate station before the Everest summit, Camp IV, at 8,000 meters altitude, and reached the summit this morning, he explained.
It will do it again
"This is his last climb Everest for this season, "said Mingma Sherpa, who said that Kami Rita's goal of climbing Everest at least 25 times" will be fulfilled next year ".
Rita, a native of the village of Thame and currently working as a climbing guide at Seven Summit Treks, climbed Everest for the first time on May 13, 1994 when she was 24 years old.
In 2017 he equaled the record of 21 promotions marked by Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa, both retired, in the case of the latter due to the concerns of his family regarding the extreme dangers of each rise.
In addition to Everest, Kami Rita has climbed Mount K2, the second highest mountain in the world, and Mount Lhotse, on one occasion each, Manaslu twice, and Mount Cho Oyu eight times.
These climbs assume that Kami Rita has climbed 36 times over mountains of over 8,000 meters, all in the Himalayas.
"There is always fear"
But "it does not matter how much experience you have, there is always fear when climbing Everest, "Rita told Efe last April before starting her double feat.
In April 2014, an avalanche hit Everest and killed 16 Sherpas and Kami Rita he lost five members of his team. Phurba Tashi, his closest competitor in the number of Everest ascents, was forced to retire due to family pressure after the disaster.
One year later, in April 2015, a earthquake shook Nepal killing about 9,000 people and caused another avalanche on Everest in which 20 guides perished in the base camp.
"He is unstoppable and audacious, taking into account his passion for mountaineering and his love for his work, I do not think he will retire after climbing 25 times," a Nepalese government official told Efe from Everest base camp, Gyanendra. Shrestha.
"He does not seem tired or under pressure to climb Everest, it's a running machine," the official added.
The Tourism Department has issued 378 climbing permits this season, a historical record from the first successful ascension to Everest in 1953.
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