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'Everest Man': Nepali Sherpa Kami Rita sets world record by climbing for 30th time

Kami Rita holds the record for the highest number of ascents on Everest

Written by  Shefali Kohli -- May 22nd 2024 06:33 PM
'Everest Man': Nepali Sherpa Kami Rita sets world record by climbing for 30th time

'Everest Man': Nepali Sherpa Kami Rita sets world record by climbing for 30th time

'Everest Man': Setting world record, Nepali Sherpa climber and guide Kami Rita Sherpa achieved a new milestone by climbing Mount Everest for the 30th time. 

Known as the 'Everest Man,' Rita reached the peak, demonstrating remarkable endurance and expertise in high-altitude climbing. 


This achievement further solidifies his status as one of the most accomplished climbers in history.                    

According to Department of Tourism officials overseeing expeditions in the high Himalayas of Nepal, including Mount Everest, Kami Rita reached the summit of the world's highest peak for the 30th time this morning.

In an official statement, the Chief of the Expedition Monitoring and Facilitation Field Office said, “This morning at 7:49 am, Kami Rita Sherpa broke his own record he had set just nine days earlier. This marks his 30th ascent to the top of the world."

This is his second ascent of the season, after his first on May 12.

Who is Kami Rita? 

  • A native of Thame village in Solukhumbu, Nepal has been working as Senior Guide at Seven Summit Treks
  • The 54-year-old Sherpa climber has been scaling mountains for over two decades.
  • Kami Rita's mountaineering journey began in 1992 when he joined an Everest expedition as a support staff member.
  • Since years, he has fearlessly embarked on numerous expeditions, summiting Everest multiple times.
  • His achievements also include conquering other formidable peaks such as K2, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Manaslu.

  • At the end of May, he set out from Kathmandu with an expedition team of about 28 climbers.
  • He has been guiding climbers on Sagarmatha (Everest) expeditions.
  • Kami Rita holds the record for the highest number of ascents on Everest in the 71-year history of Sagarmatha climbing.

Rita's numerous ascents highlight not only his personal dedication but also the vital role of Sherpas in assisting climbers from around the world to reach the summit of Everest.

Nepal charges 11,000 USD to foreign climbers to take permits for Mount Everest but the expenses range between 40,000 to 90,000 USD to climb the mountain. The cost of an expedition rises further when the weather is not favourable as it normally lasts for only two weeks in a year.

Notably, close to 7,000 mountaineers have climbed Everest from Nepal since Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and New Zealander Edmund Percival Hillary first set foot atop the world's highest peak in May 1953. 

 

- With inputs from agencies

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