Kami Rita Sherpa climbed Everest for the 26th time on Saturday, setting a new world record for the number of the world’s highest peaks.

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Kami Rita Sherpa climbed Everest for the 26th time on Saturday, setting a new world record for the number of the world’s highest peaks.

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Nepalese climber Kami Rita Sherpa made history on Saturday after climbing Everest for the 26th time. Sherpa has already been a world record holder, breaking the record for climbing Everest five times in four years.

On Saturday, the 52-year-old mountain guide broke a previous world record of 25 climbs to the world’s highest mountain, which he set last May.

Kami Rita has set and broken the world record for climbing Everest almost every spring for the past four years.

With more than 35 years of mountaineering experience, Kami Rita is a world-renowned climber. He first set a record on Mount Everest at 22 in May 2018 after sharing a record of 21 peaks with two other climbers.

He broke this the following year, when on May 15, 2019, he conquered Everest for the 23rd time, according to the Guinness Book of Records. Kami Rita broke her own record six days later at her 24th summit.

Friends and family congratulate Kami Rita, who was 48 at the time, in Kathmandu, Nepal, in May 2018 after setting a new world record for climbing Everest 22 times.

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Friends and family congratulate Kami Rita, who was 48 at the time, in Kathmandu, Nepal, in May 2018 after setting a new world record for climbing Everest 22 times.

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It is possible that Kami Rita could have reached even more summits had it not been for the COVID-19 pandemic. Nepal and China have canceled the 2020 mountaineering season. When Everest reopened the following year, Kami Rita broke her record again, making her 25th successful summit.

Kami Rita has not reached the top since the first attempt in 1992, he told Guinness. However, he finished the climb two years later.

Kami Rita’s life since childhood is connected with the mountain. His father, Mingma Zering Sherpa, was one of the first professional guides to Everest when Nepal began launching international climbers in the 1950s. And Kami Rita worked as a porter who transported equipment to Everest base camp from the age of 12.

Everest is part of the Himalayan mountain range in the Tibetan Plateau of Central Asia, nicknamed the “Roof of the World”. Everest reaches about 29,032 feet above sea level, although that number may vary.

The first recorded people to conquer the mountain were New Zealand climber Edmund Hillary and his Nepalese partner Tenzing Norgay in 1953. Now several thousand have climbed Everest in almost 70 years. The mountain also claimed the lives of more than 300 adventurers.

On the same day that Kami Rita broke her record, Russian climber Pavel Kostrykin was killed in Camp I on Saturday night. The Kathmandu Post reported to mean the second death of the season.

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