Published: Thu, May 23, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Sherpa sets new record after 24th successful Mount Everest summit

Sherpa sets new record after 24th successful Mount Everest summit

It was just last week that Nepali sherpa Kami Rita set a new world record for climbing Mount Everest 23 times - and now he has done it again. They have both retired from mountaineering.

Nepal has granted permission to 381 climbers from 44 teams to scale Everest this climbing season, Danduraj Ghimire, director general of the Nepal Tourism Department told CNN, while dozens have already reached the peak.

As many as 5,000 climbers have scaled the world's highest peak since 1953, according to the official records of the Tourism Department of Nepal.

"I can climb for a few more years", he told the BBC before the 23rd attempt one week ago.

"Kami Rita reached the summit of Everest at 0638 hrs on Tuesday', Chairman of Seven Summit Treks and Kami Rita's expedition organiser, Mingma Sherpa said". "I am healthy. I can keep going until I am 60 years old". That work, so necessary for those who will pay thousands of dollars to have a successful climb, is grueling in weather that is less than ideal.

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The short climbing window, which depends on favourable weather, generally falls in mid-May.

There are 41 teams with a total of 378 climbers permitted to scale Everest during the spring climbing season.

An Indian climber died on Everest last week while a search continues for an Irish mountaineer who slipped and fell close to the summit.

Sherpa tribespeople were mostly yak herders and traders living deep within the Himalayas until Nepal opened its borders in the 1950s.

These highly-skilled mountaineers prepare the route to the top of the 8,848m mountain for other climbers.

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