Sherpa climbers set new summit records on Everest

Everest oxygen failure accidents avoided

Everest oxygen failure accidents avoided

Of those who reached the top of the mountain this season, it's worth mentioning Kami Rita Sherpa who has summited for a record 22 time.

Kami Rita Sherpa, 48, successfully scaled Sagarmatha, as the 8,848-metre Everest in known in Nepal, for the 22nd time and set a record for most ascents of the peak by a male climber.

"Kami Rita Sherpa reached the summit this morning at around 8:30 a.m. local time along with other climbers", Gyanendra Shrestha, an official at the Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, told Xinhua via telephone from the base camp.

From the Chinese side of the mountain, Lhakpa Sherpa, 44, also reached the summit Wednesday for a record ninth time, shattering the record for women she set past year.

Previous year seven people lost their lives on the world's highest peak, while 449 summited from the Nepal side and at least another 120 made it to the top from the north side in Tibet.

Another 180 climbers are preparing to summit Everest from its north side in Tibet, according to the China Tibet Mountaineering Association.

A Sherpa guide has been missing on Everest's southern side in Nepal since Monday, said Mr Mingma of Seven Summits.

The 48-year-old Sherpa guide from Nepal has climbed the 29,035-foot peak almost every year since starting at 24 years old.

She moved to America 16 years ago and says she plans to continue climbing, while keeping her job in the supermarket. She now lives in the USA and works at a departmental store.

The route to the top of Mt. Everest was opened Sunday when eight rope-fixing Sherpas stood atop the mountain.

Xia Boyu is not the first double-amputee to reach Everest's peak, but he is the oldest.

As many as 346 climbers of 38 groups have taken permission to climb the Mount Everest.

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