A Sherpa guide breaks his own record by climbing Everest for the 26th time | Radio WGN 720

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An experienced Nepalese Sherpa guide has climbed Mount Everest for the 26th time, breaking his own record for the most ascents of the world’s highest peak, expedition organizers said Sunday.

Kami Rita reached the 8,849-metre (29,032ft) summit on Saturday evening leading a group of Sherpa climbers who fixed ropes along the route so that hundreds of other climbers and guides could make it to the top of the mountain later this month.

Rita and 10 other Sherpa guides reached the summit without any problems and returned safely to the lower camps, said Mingma Sherpa of Kathmandu-based Seven Summit Treks.

The group reached the summit around 7 p.m. Saturday, which by Everest climbing standards is late. At night, weather conditions may deteriorate and climbers may get lost on the descent.

Sherpa said the guides were all very experienced climbers.

There are hundreds of foreign climbers and an equal number of Sherpa guides who will attempt to climb Everest this month. May is the best month to climb Everest as it has the best weather conditions. There are usually only a few windows of good weather on the highest part of the mountain in May that allow climbers to reach the summit.

Rita, 52, first climbed Everest in 1994 and has made the trip almost every year since. He is one of the many Sherpa guides whose expertise and skills are essential to the safety and success of foreign mountaineers who travel to Nepal every year in an attempt to hold themselves to the top of the mountain.

Her father was among the first Sherpa guides, and Rita followed in his footsteps, then some. In addition to her 26 times summiting Everest, Rita has climbed several other of the world’s tallest peaks, including K-2, Cho-Oyu, Manaslu and Lhotse.

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