For the 25th time, a Sherpa guide scales Mount Everest

On Friday, a Sherpa guide climbed Mount Everest for the 25th time, shattering his own record for most ascents of the world’s highest mountain.

Rita, 51, first climbed Everest in 1994 and has returned almost every year since. He is one of several Sherpa guides whose knowledge and abilities are critical to the protection and success of the hundreds of climbers who travel to Nepal each year in the hopes of reaching the summit of the 8,849-meter (29,032-foot) peak.

On Friday, a Sherpa guide climbed Mount Everest for the 25th time, shattering his own record for most ascents of the world’s highest mountain.

Mira Acharya, a Department of Tourism official, said Kami Rita and 11 other Sherpa guides arrived at the summit about 6 p.m. They were the first climbers to cross the summit this year, and they were repairing the ropes on the icy path so that hundreds of more climbers could reach the summit later this month.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Everest was closed to climbing last year on both its southern (Nepal) and northern (China) sides. Despite a COVID-19 epidemic, Nepal has given climbing permits to 408 international climbers this year.

China has restricted access to the northern slope to a few hundred mountaineers who will be checked for the coronavirus and must maintain a safe distance when climbing.

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