A Nepalese Sherpa has reached the summit of Mount Everest for the 23rd time, extending his record for the most successful ascents of the world's highest peak and the first climb of the 2019 season.
A team of experienced mountaineers were waiting for powerful jet streams raging around the top of Everest to subside to fix ropes to the summit for foreign climbers.
Kami Rita Sherpa, 48, a Nepali mountaineer waves towards the media personnel upon his arrival after climbing Mount Everest for a 22nd time, creating a new record for the most summits of the world's highest mountain, in Kathmandu, Nepal on May 20, 2018. Both of them have retired.
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The accomplished Nepali climber has also conquered other challenging 8,000-metre peaks including the world´s second-highest mountain, K2 in Pakistan.
The Sherpa climber, who hails from Thame village in Solukhumbu district, first scaled the Mount Everest on May 13, 1994. The mountain also claimed the lives of five climbers, including an experienced Sherpa guide who was knocked down a crevasse by a rescue helicopter.
"I am like a soldier who leaves behind their wives, children, and family to battle for the pride of the country", he told the AP.
Alan says that when you get to Everest base camp, you have to spend around four weeks "acclimatising" - that's getting used to the extreme altitude.More news: Chelsea Manning Sent Back To Jail For Contempt
21st times Everest summiteer Apa Sherpa and Phurwa Tashi Sherpa have already taken retirement from climbing.
Acharya said dozens of climbers are trailing Sherpa with the aim of reaching the summit Wednesday. These highly-skilled mountaineers prepare the route to the top of the 8,848m mountain for other climbers.
"The climbers have now been descending to the lower camps safely", Mingma Sherpa told The Himalayan Times.
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Almost 5,000 climbers have scaled the peak since the pioneering ascent, many multiple times.