Nepali mountaineer conquers Mount Everest for 22nd time, sets world record


Drama on the the highest slopes of Everest this morning where, during a summit bid on the Tibetan side of the mountain, a group of mountaineers belonging to the Alpenglow expedition led by America's Adrian Ballinger encountered serious issues with their supplementary oxygen regulators.

His latest ascent took him one summit clear of two fellow sherpas with whom he had shared the earlier record.

Kami Rita Sherpa made the maiden ascent of Qomolangma in 1994 when he was 24 years old.

"It was not for any competition". She broke her own record of the most summits by a woman.

A Nepali Sherpa guide climbed Mt. Everest for a record 22nd time Wednesday, officials said.

Number of times Ms Lhakpa, 44, who works in a supermarket in CT, has reached the world's highest peak.

Previous year she climbed for a record eighth time and in July she spoke about her experience and shared photographs of her journey at West Hartford's Noah Webster Library.

With his record 22nd summit Kami Rita Sherpa has now climbed Everest more times than any other person

Before leaving for the mountain last month, Kami Rita told The Associated Press that he wanted to scale Everest at least 25 times.

She moved to America 16 years ago and says she plans to continue climbing, while keeping her job in the supermarket.

The other record-setter, 44-year-old Lhakpa Sherpa, set a women's record when she reached the summit for a ninth time.

The twin records come on the heels of Australian Steve Plain becoming the fastest person to summit the highest mountains on all seven continents.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Wednesday flagged off an expedition to Mount Everest at the National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS) campus at Dirang in West kameng district of the State.

The climbing season for runs from March through May and hundreds of climbers are now on Everest, trying to reach the top from both the Nepali and Tibetan sides of the mountain. The rapid growth in the climbing industry has accompanied complaints of overcrowding and fears that inexperienced mountaineers are putting themselves and their guides at risk. In the autumn, he guides clients to smaller peaks in Nepal. "They searched in the summit area but they couldn't find his body", Mingma said, adding there was no way Lama could survive three nights exposed on the mountain.

"Multiple teams using the same device have experienced similar oxygen system failures. There are no reported injuries". Some 26 climbers had to descend to fix their oxygen regulators.