Kathmandu, May 12 (EFE).- A Nepali woman climber scaled the world’s tallest peak for a record 10 times with as many as 150 climbers reaching the summit of Everest on Thursday morning.
Lhakpa Sherpa, 48, broke her own record by climbing Everest for the 10 time, Mingma Gelu Sherpa, managing director at Seven Summit Adventure, Lhakpa’s expedition agency, told EFE.
She reached the 8,848.86-meter tall summit at 6.30 am on Thursday.
Lhakpa, who lives in the US, had started her climbing career as a porter. She first summited Everest in 2000 at the age of 26.
The ‘Full Circle’, an expedition of a group of black people who have been advocating the need for diversity and inclusion in outdoor sports and beyond for the Black community also reached the summit of Everest on Thursday morning.
Jeevan Ghimire, managing director of Shangrila Trek and Expedition, told EFE that seven climbers out of 11 from all-Black team reached the summit. “This is the first expedition comprising a group of all black climbers.”
“We believe our project will encourage people of color to not just dream big, but simply get outside,” Philip Henderson, the leader of the 11-member all-Black expedition team, told journalists in Kathmandu last month.
Khim Lal Gautam, the government’s liaison officer stationed at the Everest base camp, told EFE that at least 150 climbers reached the summit on Thursday.
This spring the first summit was made on May 7.
Kami Rita Sherpa led a group of Sherpa climbers who fixed ropes along the route so that hundreds of other climbers and guides could make their way to the top of the mountain.
Rita broke his own record by climbing Everest 26th time. Kami Rita had scaled Everest for the first time on May 13, 1994. He also holds the record of most climbs over 8000 meters.
The Department of Tourism has issued permits to 317 individuals for the spring season.
With each climber requiring at least one guide, as many as 650 climbers will be attempting to reach the summit of the world’s tallest peak this season.
Last spring, the department had issued a record 408 permits for Everest in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A climbing permit for Everest costs $11,000 for foreigners. But climbers end up spending between $35,000 and $90,000 to climb the mountain in a boost to the local economy. EFE sp/ssk