Nepali climber Kami Rita Sherpa sets new record with 30th ascent of Mt Everest

Kathmandu: Nepali mountaineer Kami Rita Sherpa has shattered records yet again by conquering Mount Everest for an unprecedented 30th time. The achievement, confirmed by the Department of Tourism’s temporary office at Everest Base Camp, saw Sherpa reach the summit at 7:49 AM today, amidst cheers and accolades from the climbing community.

Office Chief Khimlal Gautam verified Sherpa’s remarkable accomplishment, underscoring his unparalleled mastery in mountaineering. The 54-year-old Sherpa, hailing from Thame of Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality in Solukhumbu, has long been revered as a proficient mountain guide.

His illustrious journey began with his inaugural ascent to the world’s tallest peak on May 13, 1994, marking the inception of a legendary mountaineering career. Beyond Everest, Sherpa’s legacy extends to his record-breaking ascents of peaks exceeding 8,000 meters, further solidifying his status as a titan in the world of mountaineering.

This spring season has witnessed a surge in climbers venturing to conquer Everest, with over 460 individuals, including Sherpa guides, achieving the summit thus far. Among them, Sherpa’s milestone ascent stands as a testament to human endurance and perseverance against nature’s formidable challenges.

Last year, Pasang Dawa Sherpa of Solukhumbu etched his name in history books by completing his 27th ascent of Everest, exemplifying the indomitable spirit of Nepali climbers.

The Everest expedition for the current spring season officially commenced on May 10, attracting a total of 414 climbers, comprising 339 males and 75 females, who secured permission from the Department for their ambitious endeavor. Representing 41 expedition teams, these climbers have demonstrated remarkable determination, with 75 percent already conquering the peak, setting a vibrant tone for mountaineering endeavors worldwide.