Two Sherpas smash own Everest summit records

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The team reached the summit on Sunday afternoon while fixing ropes for foreign climbers, who will begin this week to ascend the mountain.

Lakpa Sherpa, 44, the world's most successful female Everest climber, also made her ninth climb to the top of the mountain on Wednesday - breaking her own record set past year.

The 48-year-old Sherpa successfully reached the summit on Wednesday morning, breaking the previous record of 21 climbs jointly held by fellow Nepalis Appa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa.

Kami Rita first scaled Everest at 24, and has made the trip nearly every year since then. One of his 21 Everest ascents was made from the Chinese side in 2016. The mother of 11 has already been acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records for climbing the Everest eight times. "But I am not overexcited as it is a part of my professional job", Sherpa had said before leaving Kathmandu for the expedition. He first climbed Mt. Everest in 1994. She was making her way down to the advanced base camp, he said. She lives most of the year in the USA state of CT and has a son and two daughters. He said he wants to do this not to break records or set new ones but because of his passion and zeal to climb the Everest. The next most accomplished female Everest climber is American Melissa Sue Arnot, who has reached the top six times.

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No incidents or deaths have been reported so far during this year's climbing season.

Born in Solukhumbu district that is home to Mt. Everest, Kami started his career in mountaineering as a porter in 1992.

The climbing season for runs from March through May and hundreds of climbers are now on Everest, trying to reach the top from both the Nepali and Tibetan sides of the mountain.

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