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Nepalese climber, 51, to scale Everest for record 25th time

Kathmandu, Mar 16 (efe-epa).- A Nepalese climber, who holds the record of reaching the summit of Mount Everest 24 times, has announced one more climb to the tallest peak in May this year.

Kami Rita Sherpa, 51-year-old mountaineering guide, topped the 8,848.86-meters Everest peak on May 21, 2019, for the 24th summit.

He told EFE that it was his dream to summit Everest for the 25th time at 50.

“Unfortunately, I had to postpone my plan due to the global pandemic,” he said.

“I feel excited to announce that I am climbing Everest for the 25th time in the month of May, breaking my own record.”

The climber, who made his first ascent of Everest in 1994 when he was 24, said he would be a part of the rope fixing group this year.

Every year, ‘icefall doctors’, a group of climbers, fix the ropes and ladders up to Camp 2 (6,400 meters) and clear the path for others.

This year, Seven Summit Treks bagged the contract to fix ropes and prepare the route from Camp 2 to the summit.

Kami Rita said Seven Summit Treks had hired him.

“As per our plan, we will move to the Everest region by Apr.10,” he said.

He said China had closed Everest from its side this year too, and as such, Nepal was expecting around 300 climbers.

In 2019, the Tourism Department issued Everest permits for 381 fee-paying climbers. Those excluded the numbers of Nepali climbing guides.

The year was significant in terms of records set on the tallest peak.

On May 22 and 23 that year, a total of 223 and 212 climbers reached the summit.

According to the department, the figures are the highest and the second-highest number of Everest climbers on a particular day.

There was no expedition in 2020 due to the pandemic, which caused Nepal to lose millions of dollars in revenue.

Thousands of people in the mountain region were rendered jobless.

Foreigners pay $11,000 for a permit to climb Everest and spend anywhere between $40,000 and $90,000 for the entire expedition.

In 2019, the government earned $5.07 million in royalties from the issuance of climbing permits.

Out of the total revenue, Everest alone accounted for $4.05 million.

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