Nepal climber scales Mount Everest for record 23rd time

Nepalese veteran Sherpa guide Kami Rita 48 waves as he arrives in Kathmandu Nepal. Rita has scaled Mount Everest for a 23rd time breaking his own record for the most successful ascents of the world's highest peak

Kami Rita Sherpa, who originally is from Thame of Solukhmbu district, Nepal, scaled the highest mountain in the world at 7: 50 am today from Nepal's side.

In this April 4, 2019, file photo, record holding Sherpa guide Kami Rita checks oxygen cylinders and other supplies needed for climbing Mount Everest, in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The accomplished Nepali climber has also conquered other challenging 8,000-metre peaks including the world´s second-highest mountain, K2 in Pakistan.

The Sherpas who serve as guides for the potential mountain climbers of Mount Everest first go up to the mountain themselves and prepare everything for the mountaineers who are expected to scale the mountain later.

The climbing season ends in May and hundreds of climbers are now on the Everest, trying to reach the top from both the Nepali and Tibetan sides of the mountain. Rita's two closest peers have climbed the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak 21 times each, but both of them have retired from mountain climbing.

The Nepal mountaineer set a record for the most number of times with 23 conquests.

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"I am like a soldier who leaves behind their wives, children, and family to battle for the pride of the country", he told the AP.

A boom in climbers has made mountaineering a lucrative business since Sir Edmund Hillary and sherpa Tenzing Norgay made the first ascent in 1953. Kami Rita Sherpa has been working for more than two decades as a mountain guide. "Before, I didn't even know that you can set records", said the Sherpa, in the last month, before he left for Everest base camp.

Thus, the last year's record of 807 people could be broken, the reached the summit.

Acharya said dozens of climbers are trailing Sherpa with the aim of reaching the summit Wednesday.

Each May, there are usually only a few windows of good weather near the summit during which climbers can attempt to scale the peak.

Tourism, which includes mountain climbing, is a main source of income for cash strapped Nepal, home to eight of the world's 14 highest mountains.

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