A Nepali Sherpa has climbed Mount Everest for a record 26th time, beating his own record set last year, a government official has said.
Kami Rita Sherpa, 52, climbed the 8,849-meter mountain on Saturday along the traditional southeast ridge route leading 10 other Sherpa climbers.
“Kami Rita has broken her own record and set a new climbing world record,” said Taranath Adhikari, director general of the tourism department in the capital Kathmandu, on Sunday.
Kami Rita’s wife, who was called Jangmu, said she was happy with her husband’s achievement.
The climbing route used by Kami Rita was pioneered by New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953 and remains the most popular.
This year, Nepal has issued 316 permits to climb Everest during the peak season, which runs until May, compared to 408 last year, the highest on record.
The Himalayan nation, which relies heavily on climbers for currency, has been criticized for allowing overcrowding and the deaths of several climbers in the mountains in 2019.
Everest has been climbed 10,657 times since its first ascent in 1953 from the Nepalese and Tibetan side. Many have climbed multiple times and 311 people have died so far, according to the Himalayan Database.