Climber reaches Everest summit 30th time

Henry

Nepalese guide Kami Rita successfully climbed the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, for the 30th time on Wednesday.

The 54-year-old, known as “Everest Man”, reached the mountain peak for the 29th time earlier this month, after which he undertook the trek again for the 30th time.

“Now he has broken his own record as the person who has climbed Mount Everest the most times and reached the highest peak,” said Mingma Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks, his expedition organizer.

Rita, who has been working as a guide for more than two decades, first stood on the summit of 8,849 m in 1994.

Since then, he has climbed the mountain almost every year and guided clients to the mountain peak.

“I’m happy about my record, but records are always broken,” Rita said after successfully climbing the mountain for the 29th time on May 12.

“I am more grateful that my climbing successes help Nepal gain recognition in the world.”

Last year, Rita climbed the mountain twice to regain his record after another guide, Sherpa Pasang Dawa, equaled it.

Rita previously said he was “just working” and not planning to set records.

He also climbed other mountain peaks of 8,000 m, including the world’s second highest mountain, K2 in Pakistan.

Romanian climber dies

His success comes after the current mountaineering season’s death toll has already risen to five.

“A Romanian climber, Gabriel Viorel Tabara, died during an attempt to climb Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain in the world,” said his expedition organizer, Mohan Lamsal of Makalu Adventure.

Everest and Lhotse follow the same route until they go in different directions at 7,200 m.

“We are currently busy with efforts to bring his body down,” said Lamsal.

Earlier this week, two Mongolian climbers went missing while trying to climb Everest. Both were later found dead.

Two more climbers, one French and one Nepalese, have died this season on Makalu, the world’s fifth highest mountain peak.

This year, Nepal has issued more than 900 permits for its mountains, including 419 for Everest, which ensures an income of more than R90 million for the country.

About 500 climbers and their guides have already reached Everest’s summit after a leading team climbed to the top last month.

This year, China also reopened the Tibetan route to foreigners after it was closed in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Home to eight of the world’s 10 highest mountain peaks, Nepal welcomes hundreds of adventurers in the spring, when temperatures are warm and winds are usually calm.

Last year, more than 600 climbers reached the summit of Everest. However, it was also the deadliest season on the mountain, with a total of 18 deaths.