Kami Rita Sherpa has done it again – broken his own record of highest number of Everest summits. Early Tuesday morning, Kami Rita Sherpa stood atop the highest peak of the world for the 24th time. This is Kami’s second Everest summit in one week – on May 15, 2019 he had successfully completed his 23rd summit (then too breaking his own record).
Originally from Thame village of Solokhumbu district, Kami Rita Sherpa first successful attempt to climb Everest was in 1994. He has climbed several other 8,000 metre peaks including K2, Cho-Oyu, Manaslu, and Lhotse. In 2017, Kami Rita was the third person to summit Everest 21 times. He shared the record with seasoned mountaineers Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa.
On May 20, 2018, after his 22nd summit, Sherpa became the first person in the world to climb Everest 22 times. He has been heard saying he wants to climb Everest 25 times. Sherpa comes from a mountaineering family, his father was one of the first professional Sherpa guides assisting in Everest expeditions since Everest was opened for climbing, and his brother, Lhakpa Rita Sherpa has climbed Everest 17 times.
According to Seven Summit Treks, Sherpa was leading an Indian Police team during his 24th ascent. The team are making their way down to lower camps safely.