Kami Rita Breaks the Everest Record

Kami Rita Sherpa has said he wants to climb Everest 25 times. Photo: Kami Rita Sherpa

He may not have been aiming to set the record, but Kami Rita Sherpa now stands alone with the most successful summits of Everest. As a senior guide for Seven Summits Treks, Kami Rita Sherpa reached the summit of Everest for the 22nd time on May 16. Kami Rita Sherpa had previously shared the record for ascents at 21 with two other  guides, Phurba Tashi Sherpa and Apa Sherpa.

While Kami Rita Sherpa moved into sole position for the men’s record, 44-year-old Lhakpa Sherpa was on her way to besting her own record for successful female ascents. Already the woman’s record holder with eight Everest summits, she reached her ninth on Wednesday from the North Col on the Tibetan side of the mountain.

Lhakpa Sherpa with her Guinness World Record certificate. Photo: The Himalayan Times

Both climbers have stated that these won’t be their last ascents, with Kami Rita Sherpa aiming for 25 summits and Lhakpa Sherpa suggesting that she will try for at least 10.

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Martin Walsh

Martin Walsh

Martin Walsh is a freelance writer and wildlife photographer based in Da Lat, Vietnam.

A history graduate from the University of Nottingham, Martin's career arc is something of a smörgåsbord. A largely unsuccessful basketball coach in Zimbabwe and the Indian Himalaya, a reluctant business lobbyist in London, and an interior design project manager in Saigon.

He has been fortunate enough to see some of the world. Highlights include tracking tigers on foot in Nepal, white-water rafting the Nile, bumbling his way from London to Istanbul on a bicycle, feeding wild hyenas with his face in Ethiopia, and accidentally interviewing Hezbollah in Lebanon.

His areas of expertise include adventure travel, hiking, wildlife, and half-forgotten early 2000s indie-rock bands.

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