He did it again. This morning, Kami Rita Sherpa led a group of Indian policemen to the 8,850-meter-high summit of Mount Everest. For the 49-year-old Sherpa it was his 24th Everest ascent and the second within a week (with bottled oxygen). On 15 May, Kami Rita – as reported – had already stood on the roof of the world thus improving his own record for most Everest climbs. After his return to the base camp he posted a picture on Facebook that shows him together with his older brother Lhakpa Rita: “Two brothers did 40 summit(s) (of) Mount Everest”, wrote Kami Rita: his brother 17 times, he himself 23 times. Now the two brothers have even 41 ascents in total.
Fifth double success
For the mountaineer from the village of Thame in the Khumbu region, it was his fourth double ascent of the world’s highest mountain. Also in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013, Kami Rita Sherpa had scaled Everest twice within one spring season.