Web Desk. Nepal’s mountaineer Kami Rita Sherpa has broken her own record by climbing the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, for the 25th time.
According to the French news agency AFP, Sherpa was part of a 12-member team that laid the ropes for the campaign. He is the first of hundreds of climbers to climb Everest in the coming weeks.
Campaign manager Mingma Sherpa told AFP, “Kami Rita has set a new record with her 25th campaign.”
Sherpa, who has been a guide for more than two decades, reached the peak of 8,848 (29,029 feet) in 1994 when he was working on a commercial campaign, since then, he has climbed Everest almost every year.
“Kami Rita Sherpa told AFP before heading to base camp: “It wasn’t just about the record. This did not happen last year. That’s why I fulfilled my dream.”
Kami Rita Sherpa has previously climbed many other peaks in the world, including Pakistan’s most difficult 8,000-meter peak, K2. He said, “I do mountaineering for my nation, guides like us are essential for Nepal’s tourism sector.” Foreigners will not come without us.
“In 2019, he climbed Everest twice, setting a record and breaking one.”
But this time the Sherpa have gone to a relatively higher altitude as Nepal and China re-determined the height of Everest to 8,848.86 (29,031 feet) meters, which is higher than Nepal’s previous measurement.
Kami Rita Sherpa plans to head twice this year as well as lead the Bahrain royal team this year. Nepal’s tourism industry was completely shut down last year due to the Corona epidemic. Nepal had stopped mountaineering expeditions, which cost the country millions.
This year, Nepal has issued 408 permits, each worth $11000. Most climbers will have access to a Nepali guide, which means more than 800 climbers will follow the same path in the coming weeks.
“On the other hand, after the cases of corona among the climbers, there is also a fear that the virus may ruin this important season.”