Dual world records marked on Mount Everest

Two record-breaking ascents were made on Mount Everest on Sunday – a Nepalese Sherpa made the most summits ever and a British mountaineer set a record for a foreigner.

54-year-old Kami Rita Sherpa climbed the world’s highest mountain for the 29th time, while Briton Kenton Cool celebrated his 18th summit.

Already a world record holder, Sherpa surpassed his own landmark in setting a new standard.

As a guide for more than two decades, he first climbed the peak in 1994 and has been there almost every year since.

The Everest climbing season has just started and hundreds of climbers are expected in the coming weeks.

Sherpa reached the 8,849-meter (29,000-foot) summit around 7:30 am. local time (1:45 GMT) on Sunday.

Last week, he posted on Instagram from Everest Base Camp, saying he was back on his 29th summit attempt “on top of the world.”

“Another man’s work, another man/woman’s dream,” he wrote.

Sherpa has previously told the media that his climbs are just work – but last year he made the trek twice to reclaim his crown from long-time rival and compatriot Pasang Dawa Sherpa.

Local authorities said Mr Cool, from Gloucestershire, was also at the summit on Sunday.

Britt is also a mountain guide and has previously played down his achievements, telling the AFP news agency in 2022 that “so many Sherpas have so many more climbs”.

Lhakpa Sherpa is the woman who has climbed Mount Everest the most. He has financed his world record 10th ascent in 2022.

The government of Nepal has issued about 400 mountaineering permits to climbers this year. the spring season, which lasts from April to June. Almost all climbers have a local guide, so around 800 people are expected to climb.

Last year, more than 600 people reached the top. But it was also one of the deadliest climbing seasons, with 18 deaths recorded on the mountain.

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