Sherpa guide announces climbing Everest for record 27th time
Kathmandu, Apr 7 (EFE).- Kami Rita, a Nepalese Sherpa guide, who holds the world record for the most successful Mount Everest ascents multiple times, has announced to break his own record by climbing the planet’s tallest peak for the 27th time this May.
“I will climb Everest for the 27th time and my climbing date is tentatively in the third week of May,” he told Efe.
Kami Rita will leave for the Everest region next week to guide a 12-member Chinese and American team.
Hordes of adventurers are again plodding to the Everest region with fresh hopes, dreams, and enthusiasm.
They will acclimatise for a month on the slope of Everest. The actual climbing begins in mid-May.
In 2022, Kami Rita, 53, broke his own record for the most climbs of Mount Everest when he reached the 8,848.86-meter-high summit for the 26th time on May 7.
Kami Rita scaled Everest for the first time on May 13, 1994.
Between 1994 and 2022, Kami Rita summited Everest 26 times, K2 and Lhotse one time each, Manaslu three times, and Cho Oyu eight times.
This spring, Nepal’s expedition organizers said there would be a record number of climber permit issuance, to nearly 500 individuals.
Last spring, the department issued 325 climbing permits. In 2021, a record 409 permits for Everest were issued in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A climbing permit for Everest costs $11,000 for foreigners and Rs75,000 for Nepali climbers.
But a foreign climber ends up spending between $40,000 and $90,000 to climb the mountain.
Climbing expeditions contribute hundreds of millions of dollars to Nepal’s economy each year. EFE