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Who is Kami Rita Sherpa?

BY Salman Ahmed May 22, 2023. 07:02 pm UPDATED: May 22, 2023. 07:02 pm

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KAMI Rita Sherpa holds the record for the most summit attempts on Mount Everest.

His Everest ascents have captured the attention of the climbing community.

Who is Kami Rita Sherpa?

Kami Rita is a Sherpa guide who was born on January 17, 1979 in Thame, Nepal’s Solukhumbu District.

The Sherpa are one of the Tibetan ethnicities endemic to Nepal’s most mountainous regions, comprising roughly 150,000 people.

Sherpas are well-known for their extraordinary strength and endurance, as well as their ability to use oxygen effectively.

This has been true for Kami Rita, who began working as a porter at the Everest base camp when she was just 12 years old.

His father was one of the first professional Sherpa guides, and his brother, Lakpa, was also an important Everest guide.

By the age of 24, Kami Rita had climbed Everest, making him one of the youngest climbers in history.

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Kami Rita has also summited Cho-Oyu, Lhotse, and K2, setting a record for the most 8,000-meter summits.

In 2017, Kami Rita became the third person to reach the top of Everest 21 times, joining Phurba Tashi and Apa Sherpa.

Rita, who is 48 years old, became the first person in history to summit Everest 22 times in 2018.

Kami Rita broke his own record of achieving the summit 25 times in 2021, and 26 times in 2022.

The race was on, however, when another Sherpa Pasang Dawa ascended the Everest summit 26 times, inspiring Kami Rita to recover his title by climbing Mount Everest a whopping 27 times on May 17, 2023.

Speaking of his incredible achievement, Rita said that he wanted to do it “not just for myself but for my family, the Sherpa people and for my country, Nepal”.

Kami Rita is married to Lakpa Jangmu who’s not afraid to express her concern at her husband’s dangerous career.

She said: “I keep telling him we could look for other jobs, start a small business. But he does not listen to me at all”.

The couple have two children together and are based in Kathmandu.

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