On Thursday, Everest’s number one mountain guide expressed his intention to continue his career, despite achieving a record-breaking 28th ascent of the World’s tallest peak.
Kami Rita, a Sherpa from Nepal, successfully reached the summit again, just days after setting his own previous record. Speaking to reporters upon his return to Kathmandu’s airport, Kami Rita, 53 years old, humbly stated that he would keep climbing as long as his physical condition permits. While he received a warm reception from supporters and family members, he emphasized that his focus is not on competing for records but on assisting his international clients in conquering the mountain. With the current climbing season coming to a close, he anticipates his next expedition to be in the following spring.
Kami Rita’s achievement came a day after fellow Sherpa guide Pasang Dawa matched his previous record of 27 ascents. The pursuit of this title commenced when Pasang Dawa completed his 26th climb on May 14, equaling Kami Rita’s earlier record. Three days later, Kami Rita surpassed the mark, reaching the summit for the 27th time. Having made his initial ascent of Everest in 1994, Kami Rita has since scaled it almost every year, establishing himself as an integral figure among Sherpa guides. Their expertise and skills are crucial to ensuring the safety and success of foreign climbers who aspire to conquer the pinnacle. Notably, Kami Rita’s father was among the original Sherpa guides.
In addition to Everest, Kami Rita has conquered several other towering peaks around the world, including K2, Cho Oyu, Manaslu, and Lhotse.