According to a government official, a Nepali sherpa conquered Mount Everest for the 26th time, breaking his own prior record set last year. Kami Rita Sherpa has climbed Mount Everest for the 26th time, breaking his own world record.
On Saturday, a 52-year-old Nepalese guide reached the summit while escorting 10 other Sherpas up the 8,849-meter peak using the southeast ridge path.
It gives Kami Rita enormous pride, both for his country and for his family.
In the 1950s, when Nepal first opened up to outsiders, his father was one of the first professional Sherpa guides to Western climbers.
His brother is also a Sherpa, having reached the summit of Everest 17 times.
Over the years, Kami Rita had some competition for world dominance from two other guides, but both of them recently retired.
In 1953, New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepalese sherpa Tenzing Norgay pioneered the climbing route utilized by Kami Rita, which is now the most popular.
In the peak season, which spans from April to May, Nepal has issued 316 permits, down from 408 the year before, which was the biggest number ever.
The Himalayan nation, which relies heavily on climbers for foreign cash, was chastised in 2019 for tolerating overcrowding and many climber deaths on the peaks.
According to the Himalayan database, Everest has been climbed 10,657 times from Nepali and Tibetan sides since it was first scaled in 1953, with many climbers climbing several times and 311 people dying.