With his second ascent of Mt Everest this season, Pasang Dawa Sherpa has matched the world record for the highest number of Everest climbs alongside Kami Rita Sherpa.
According to Mingma Gyaljen Sherpa, the Managing Director at Imagine Nepal Treks, the 46-year-old climber reached the summit of Mt Everest for the 27th time at approximately 8:30 am. “Pa Dawa’s successful ascent makes him the second person in the world to achieve this remarkable feat,” stated Gyaljen Sherpa.
During this season, Dawa scaled Mt Everest on May 14, accompanied by Marton Peter Price from Hungary. Dawa, who hails from Pangboche, located near Everest, has grown up with a daily view of the mountain. His previous successful summits on Mt Everest were in 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, twice in 2006, twice in 2007, 2008, 2009, twice in 2010, 2011, 2012, twice in 2013, 2016, 2017, twice in 2018, twice in 2019, and twice in 2022.
Meanwhile, Kami Rita Sherpa has set out for the high camp to make his second attempt at scaling Mt Everest this season. “Kami Rita is expected to reach the summit of Everest for the 28th time within a day or two,” said Thaneswar Guragai, the General Manager at Seven Summit Treks.
Kami Rita, 53 years old and currently employed as a Senior Climbing Guide at Seven Summit Treks Pvt Ltd, successfully climbed Mt Everest for the 27th time on May 17 during this season.
His first ascent of Mt Everest took place on May 13, 1994. From 1994 to 2023, he has conquered the peak 27 times, reached the summits of K2 and Lhotse once each, Manaslu three times, and Cho Oyu eight times. Consequently, Kami Rita Sherpa holds the record for the highest number of climbs over 8,000 meters.