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Kami Rita Sherpa Climbs Everest 28th Time to Break His Own Record

Kami Rita Sherpa, a Nepali Sherpa climber conquered the peak of the most challenging expedition in the world to the highest mountain in the world for the 28th time. Sherpa successfully recorded his 28th ascent to the peak of Mt. Everest on 23rd May 2023.

Seven Summit Trek, speaking on the expedition’s success, stated that Kami Rita Sherpa’s incredible accomplishment was recorded at 9:23 am as part of Seven Treks Everest Expedition 2023.

More Than 3 Decades of Mountaineering

Kami Rita Sherpa in the initial phase in 1992 started the expedition team to Mt. Everest as a support staff member of the team. After that, his fearless love for the conquest of the tallest natural infrastructure in the world became a relentless passion.

The highest Everest climbing world record holder scaled to the top of Mt. Everest first time on 13th May 1994. But, after unlocking his passion for mountaineering, Everest wasn’t his only goal.

Kami Rita Sherpa More Than 3 Decades of Mountaineering
Kami Rita Sherpa More Than 3 Decades of Mountaineering (Source: Kami Rita’s Instagram)

Sherpa has also successfully conquered other challenging mountain ranges like Manaslu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and even K2 multiple times. In fact, he conquered Mt. Manaslu 3 times, Mt. Lhotse and K2 one time. And, Mt. Cho Oyu eight times.

Also, Mt. Everest 28 times between 1994 to 2023. Thus, holding the record for the ‘Most climbs over the 800 meters’.

The fearless mountaineer, Kami Rita Sherpa joined the Serve Treks for the 28th time, making it his second ascent to the top this year. In the span of just a week, Sherpa successfully made it to the top of the world, twice.

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Breaking His Own Record

The 53-year-old mountaineer reached the top of Everest at the elevation of 8,849 meters (29,032 feet) via the southeast ridge, a traditional route to the top of Everest. Sherpa had just set a 27th-time record for climbing to the summit of Everest last week.

The southeast ridge was first outlined by New Zealand’s mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953. To this date, the trail remains the most popular route for ascending to the top of the world.

Inspired by his father, Kami Rita Sherpa always had a deep passion for climbing from a young age. His father was among the first professional Sherpa guides after 1950 when Mt. Everest was opened for climbing to foreigners.

Not only his father but his brother Lapka Rita, also share the mountaineering adventurous spirit and passion. Lapka Rita has conquered Mt. Everest 17 times.

History of Climbing

Fate tied to the roof of the world, Kami was always fascinated with the mystical allurements of the high-Himalayas region. He even began the ascend to the foothills of Everest from a young age.

At the age of 12, Kami Rita Sherpa had already started to work as a porter transporting climbing gear at the Everest Base Camp.

Following the footsteps of his father who curtailed his climbing career after suffering a severe frostbite in 1992. The same year when Kami Rita became the cook’s assistant at the EBC. Sherpa is a living legend who is proof of the fact that even the greatest legacies have very humble beginnings.

Although he started his first expedition in 1992, he didn’t make it all the way to the top, the fact that he couldn’t conquer Everest in the first attempt was a little bit downer to him. But, after two years, the world-renowned climber returned to the base again in 1994. Rest is the history!

Since his first successful scaling of Everest in 1994, Kami Rita has climbed the tallest mountain almost every year. Except in the years 2014, 2015, and 2020 when the government halted expeditions to Everest.

In 2014, a massive ice serac released just above the base in the Khumbu Icefall trigged an avalanche that took the life of 16 Sherpa. And, in 2015, the climbing was halted due to a 7.8 magnitude earthquake and its potential aftershocks. Whereas, in the 2020 season it was due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

After Everest re-opened in the following year, Kami Rita Sherpa made his 25th successful ascending to the top of the world.

The world-renowned climber made his first world record for the Everest highest summit in 2018, at 22 scaling after having been tied with two other climbers at 21-summits.

Over the course of 70 years that Everest has been open for climbing, several thousands of climbers have summitted the tallest mountain in the world. And, the harsh climate and treacherous trails of the roof of the world have claimed the lives of over 300 climbers.

Pasang Dawa Sherpa in Tie With Kami Rita Sherpa

Although Kami Rita’s brother is far behind to break his record, another adventurous Sherpa is keeping up with his record. Pasang Dawa Sherpa, a 46-year-old mountaineer made a tied record with Kami Rita by scaling the Everest for 27th time on 22 May 2023.

The world-renowned climber in an expedition organized by the Imagine Nepal Treks, successfully equalized the world record by conquering the peak of the tallest mountain in the world on Monday at 8:25 am.

Pasang Dawa Sherpa in Tie With Kami Rita Sherpa
Pasang Dawa Sherpa in Tie With Kami Rita Sherpa (Image: Twitter)

Just a day before, Kami Rita Sherpa made another world record by scaling the peak for the 28th time. Pasang Dawa has succeeded in the expedition to the summit of the Everest twice in this spring.

Born and raised in the Everest region, Pasang Dawa shares a similar passion with Kami Rita and has been relentlessly going for the top for decades. Pasang made his first successful ascent to the highest mountain in the world in 1998.

Also, British mountaineer Kenton Cool holds the record for the highest scaling of Mt. Everest by a foreigner. Kneton completed his 17th summit to the top of the tallest snowy peak in the world on 20th May 2023.


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