Nepal's Kami Rita Sherpa sets new record by climbing world's highest peak for 22nd time
KATHMANDU, May 16 (Xinhua) -- Nepal's Kami Rita Sherpa on Wednesday scaled the world's highest peak Qomolangma for the 22nd time with a record of highest number of summits, government officials confirmed.
With the ascent of 8,848-meter high Qomolangma, 48-year-old Sherpa has set a new record by climbing the world's highest peak for maximum times.
"Kami Rita Sherpa reached the summit this morning at around 8:30 a.m. local time along with other climbers," Gyanendra Shrestha, an official at the Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, told Xinhua via telephone from the base camp.
Sherpa, a resident of Thame village in Solukhumbu district of Nepal where Qomolangma is located, has already climbed the world's tallest peak 21 times successfully.
His record of 21 summits was shared by Nepali climbers Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa, both of whom have already announced retirement.
"It has obviously excited me with the feeling that I am going to set a new world record. But I am not overexcited as it is a part of my professional job," Kami shared with Xinhua before leaving Kathmandu for expedition.
Kami Rita Sherpa made the maiden ascent of Qomolangma in 1994 when he was 24 years old. He ascended the mountain for the 21st time on May 27, 2017.
He has already climbed most of the peaks above 8,000 meters including K2 and Annapurna, among others.
According to Nepal's tourism department, the official government body which issues climbing permits for the Qomolangma expedition, 346 mountaineers from Nepali and foreign teams have taken the permits for expedition this year.
Summits are underway every day since May 13 after the eight rope-fixing team members opened the climbing route for all climbers. The short climbing window, which depends ponu favorable weather, generally falls in mid-May.[ Editor: WPY ]