Nepal’s record-setting Everest guide comes back as a hero

Nepal’s record-setting Everest guide comes back as a hero

Nepal — Family, friends, and also supporters greeted warmly a veteran Sherpa guide upon his go back to Nepal’s capital on Saturday, days after his 24th climb of Mount Everest expanded his record. 

After traveling back from Everest to Kathmandu, Kami Rita was greeted by the waiting people at the airport. His wife hugged him along with the crowd covered him with a cream-colored scarf and given him yogurt. 

The little celebration at the airport parking region with traditional drums was followed by Rita riding on a truck waving to supporters since they drove out of the airport. 

He said to reporters he was very happy but exhausted. 

Rita made it Everest’s 8, 850-meter (29, 035-foot ) peak on Tuesday, the second time he had climbed to the summit in a week. He additionally reached the top of the world’s largest peak on May 15, then returned to base camp before hiking again this past week. 

The climbs carry Rita, 49, closer to his target of 25 ascents of Everest before he retires from high mountain hiking. His two closest peers have climbed Everest 21 times each, but each of them has retired from mountain climbing. 

There are 41 teams with a complete of 378 climbers allowed to scale Everest during the spring climbing season. The same number of Nepalese guides are helping them get to the summit. 

Rita first scaled Everest in 1994 and continues to be making the trip almost every year since. 

His father was among the first Sherpa guides employed to assist climbers to reach the summit, and Rita followed in his footsteps after which some. In addition to his two dozen summits of Everest, Rita has scaled some of the other largest mountains, including K-2, Cho-Oyu, Manaslu, and Lhotse. 

Sherpa tribespeople were mainly yak herders and dealers living deep within the Himalayas until Nepal opened up its borders in the 1950s. Their stamina and familiarity with the mountain ranges quickly made them sought-after guides and porters.


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