KATHMANDU, Nepal -- A veteran Sherpa guide scaled Mount Everest on Wednesday for the 22nd time, setting a record for the most climbs of the world's highest mountain, while a female Sherpa made it to the summit for the ninth time, shattering her own record for the most climbs by a woman.
Kami Rita reached the summit on Wednesday morning with a team of foreign climbers and a fellow Sherpa guide and was already safely descending to a lower camp by the afternoon, said Gyanendra Shrestha, a government official stationed at the base camp.
Before leaving for the mountain last month, Kami Rita told The Associated Press that he wanted to scale Everest at least 25 times.
Lhakpa Sherpa scaled Mount Everest for a ninth time to extend her own record for climbs to the summit by a woman.
From the Chinese side of the mountain, Lhakpa Sherpa, 44, also reached the summit Wednesday for a ninth time, extending her own women's record.