Renowned Nepalese mountaineer Kami Rita Sherpa achieved a remarkable feat by successfully climbing Mount Everest for the 27th time on Wednesday, May 17, 2023.
This accomplishment surpassed his previous record for the highest ascents on the world's tallest peak.
The 53-year-old Kami Rita reached the summit, which stands at an impressive height of 8,848.86 metres, at 8:30 am.
The Department of Tourism of Nepal confirmed this achievement. Interestingly, just three days before, another Sherpa guide named Pasang Dawa Sherpa equaled Kami Rita's record by scaling Mount Everest for the 26th time.
However, Kami Rita swiftly reclaimed his title as the most frequent climber on Mount Everest.
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Kami Rita, a resident of the Solukhumbu district in eastern Nepal, first conquered Everest on May 13, 1994. He currently serves as a senior mountain guide at Seven Summit Treks. He participated in this successful expedition that a Kathmandu-based commercial adventure company organised.
Kami Rita Sherpa has achieved the impressive feat of ascending Everest 27 times and has climbed numerous mountains over 8,000 metres in Nepal and abroad. Some notable peaks he has conquered include Mount K2, Mount Cho Oyu, Mount Lhotse, and Mount Manaslu.
In other mountaineering news, an Indian national named Jitendra Ramdas Gaware, accompanied by a team of six others, successfully reached the summit of Mount Dhaulagiri in Nepal. Standing at 8,167 metres, this mountain ranks seventh-highest in the world.
Climbers from Nepal, Pakistan, Norway, and Greece participated in the Seven Summit Trek-organized expedition.
Unfortunately, there was a tragic incident on Mount Everest as well. Victor Brinza, a climber from Moldova who was taking part in a Himalayan Traverse Adventure expedition, passed away at Camp IV.
Base camp officials reported that he fell ill at South Col and succumbed to his illness. This brings the death toll for this season on Everest to six, including four Sherpa climbers and an American doctor.
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