Kami Rita Sherpa, 49, a Nepalese mountain climber, has now climbed Mount Everest a record 24 times.
He has already another record. He started his most recent climb just three days after his 23rd summit of Everest, so he did it twice in a week ! In addition to Everest, Rita has also climbed a number of other imposing mountains, including K-2 and Cho-Oy. In the current season, 381 people have received permits to carry out expeditions on the mountain, as part of 44 teams, according to Nepal's Department of Tourism. Rita first scaled Everest in 1994 and has been making the trip nearly every year since. He wants another expedition before retiring.
But he revealed he has no plans to retire from working as a guide on the mountain. 'I am still strong and want to climb Sagarmatha 25 times,' Kami said before leaving for his 23rd climb, referring to the Nepali name for Everest.Two other climbers, both sherpas, have scaled Everest 21 times each. They have both retired from mountaineering. According to records some 5,000 people have made it to the summit since it was first conquered by Sir Edmund and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay.