Most of us can only dream of reaching the top of the world once in our lifetimes, but this Sherpa just extended his record for successful climbs of Mount Everest with his 26th ascent of the world’s highest peak on Saturday.
Kami Rita reached the 29,032-foot peak with ten other Sherpas, a tourism official said.
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The climb takes Rita, 52, beyond his target of 25 ascents before he retires from high mountain climbing. His two closest peers have each climbed the peak 21 times, but both of them have retired from mountain climbing.
Following his father’s footsteps, one of the first Sherpa guides to be employed to help climbers, Rita first scaled Everest in 1994 and has been making the trip nearly every year since.
Nepal has granted 316 climbing permits this year. Permits cost $11,000 each.