A Nepali Sherpa set a new record for the most Everest summits by a woman when she reached the top of the world for the tenth time on Thursday.
Lakpa Sherpa, 48, took advantage of favorable weather to reach the 29,032-foot summit early in the morning to break her own record. The climb had been financed via a crowdfunding campaign.
Sherpa, a Nepal native, lives in West Hartford, Connecticut, with her three children. She was born in a cave in Nepal, and had no formal education. She grew up in Balakharka, a village in the Makalu, Nepal region of the Himalayas. She is one of 11 children, and is a single mother of two daughters and a son herself, says Wikipedia.
In 2000, she became the first Nepalese woman to climb and descend Everest successfully. In 2016, she was listed as one of BBC’s 100 Women.
Earlier in the week Kami Rita Sherpa reached the summit for a record-breaking 26th time, breaking his own record for the most climbs of Everest.