Kami Rita scaled Mt Everest for record 28th time

In this May 20, 2018, file photo, Nepali veteran Sherpa guide, Kami Rita waves as he arrives in Kathmandu. (Photo: AP)

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Kathmandu: Kami Rita Sherpa, a renowned climber, successfully scaled Mt Everest for the 28th time. Breaking his own record for the highest number of ascents on Mt Everest, Kami Rita reached the summit of the world’s highest peak at 9:23 am. 

This remarkable achievement marks his second expedition to Everest this spring, having already conquered the mountain for the 27th time just a week ago on May 17.

He has already scaled a total of 40 summits on mountains above 8000 meters, including Choyu (eight times), Manaslu (three times), Lhotse, and Mount K2. Kami Rita Sherpa first celebrated his successful ascent of Everest on May 13, 1994.

In an equally remarkable feat, Pasang Dawa Sherpa, aged 46, also accomplished his 27th ascent of the world’s highest peak. On May 22, Pasang Dawa Sherpa matched Kami Rita’s record by scaling Everest for the second time this spring. However, Kami Rita quickly reclaimed the spotlight by surpassing his own achievement and reaching the summit for the 28th time.

According to the Department of Tourism, a total of 478 climbers from 44 expedition teams were granted permissions to climb Mt Everest this season.