Sherpa scales Mount Everest for record 23rd time

Kami Rita seen here checking oxygen cylinders and other supplies needed for climbing Mount Everest first scaled Everest in 1994

A 49-year-old sherpa reached the top of Mount Everest for a 23rd time on Wednesday, creating a new record for the most summits of the world's highest mountain, Nepali hiking officials said.

The climbing season ends in May and hundreds of climbers are now on Everest, trying to reach the top from both the Nepali and Tibetan sides of the mountain.

"Kami Rita Sherpa from Thame village of Solukhumbu district successfully climbed Mt Everest at around 7:50 am from Nepal side breaking his own record for most summits on the roof of the world", Mingma Sherpa, Company Chairman at Seven Summit Treks, was quoted as saying by the paper.

Preparing to climb Everest takes a lot of training - up to two years is recommended to make sure you're fit enough.

A guide for more than two decades, he first summited the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) peak in 1994 when working for a commercial expedition.

Talking to media before leaving for Everest, the tireless Sherpa had articulated his intent to retire from climbing after he scales Everest for 25th times.

Kami says he will try and climb the peak two more times. "I am like a soldier who leaves behind their wives, children and family to battle for the pride of the country".

He said that before climbers reach the summit to take their photographs announcing their success, there are months of hard work done by Sherpas.

Sherpa tribespeople were mostly yak herders and traders living deep within the Himalayas until Nepal opened its borders in the 1950s.

His father was also a professional Sherpa guide.

Acharya said dozens of climbers are trailing Sherpa with the aim of reaching the summit Wednesday.

This season, almost 1,000 people, including 378 paying climbers, will attempt the summit.

During this time, climbers gradually do longer and longer climbs from base camp, before going for the summit.

There are 41 different teams with a total of 378 climbers who have been permitted to scale Everest during this year's spring climbing season.

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