Two Sherpa Climbers Set New Summit Records on Everest

Nepalese veteran Sherpa guide Kami Rita 48 climbed Mount Everest for the record 22nd time

From the Chinese side of the mountain, Lhakpa Sherpa, 44, also reached the summit Wednesday for a record ninth time, shattering the record for women she set a year ago.

His latest ascent took him one summit clear of two fellow sherpas with whom he had shared the earlier record.

Before leaving the Everest base camp, Kami had announced that he intends to climb Everest 25 times.

"He has set the world record", said Mingma Sherpa, chairman of the Seven Summit Treks company that employs Kami.

Kami Rita first climbed Everest as a 24-year-old in 1994.

Xia Boyu is not the first double-amputee to reach Everest's peak, but he is the oldest.

Sherpa climbed the Everest for the 21st time in 2017.

Number of times Ms Lhakpa, 44, who works in a supermarket in CT, has reached the world's highest peak. She was making her way down to the advanced base camp, he said.

Trekkers rest at Everest Base Camp Nepal. A group of Nepalese sherpa guides reached the summit of Mount Everest fixing
Everest oxygen failure accidents avoided

The other record-setter, 44-year-old Lhakpa Sherpa, set a women's record when she reached the summit for a ninth time.

The problems occurred during what is being described as the third "summit wave" of climbers pushing towards the summit in this pre-monsoon season, after the ropes were fixed from both the Nepalese and Tibetan sides of the mountain.

The rapid growth in the climbing industry has accompanied complaints of overcrowding on the mountain and fears that inexperienced mountaineers could run into trouble.

A Sherpa guide has been missing on Everest's southern side in Nepal since Monday, said Mr Mingma of Seven Summits.

Shrestha said a total of 94 climbers reached the summit on Wednesday because of good weather conditions.

On the Tibetan side, a team was forced to retreat from just below the summit when at least 11 of their bottled oxygen systems failed.

He and his team started their expedition on Tuesday evening. "There are no reported injuries".

For the benefit of those who do not know, it's worth noting that a malfunction between the bottle and mask and ensuing sudden lack of O2 can be extremely unsafe for those who are not acclimatised to those altitudes without supplemental oxygen.

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