Sherpa woman breaks her own record by climbing Everest for 10th time

12 May 2022, 08:34

Nepal Everest
Nepal Everest. Picture: PA

Lhakpa Sherpa and several other climbers took advantage of favourable weather to reach the 29,032ft summit early on Thursday.

A Nepali Sherpa broke her own record as the most successful female climber of Mount Everest by reaching the summit of the world’s highest peak on Thursday.

Lhakpa Sherpa and several other climbers took advantage of favourable weather to reach the 29,032ft summit early in the morning, her brother and expedition organiser Mingma Gelu said.

He said she was in good health and was safely descending from the peak.

Sherpa, 48, never had a formal education because she had to start earning a living by carrying climbing gear and supplies for trekkers.

Mount Everest
Mount Everest (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Thursday’s successful ascent was her 10th, the most times any woman has climbed Everest, and she has always said she wanted to inspire all women so they too can achieve their dreams.

Lhakpa Sherpa lives in the US with her three children.

Another Nepalese Sherpa guide, Kami Rita, reached the summit for the 26th time on Saturday, breaking his own record for the most climbs of Everest.

Rita led a group of Sherpa climbers who fixed ropes along the route so that other climbers and guides can make their way to the top of the mountain later this month.

Hundreds of foreign climbers and an equal number of Sherpa guides are set to attempt climbs of Everest in May, the month when weather conditions in the Himalayan peaks are most favourable for climbing.

By Press Association

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