Kami Rita Sherpa scales Mount Everest for record 22nd time

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A veteran Sherpa guide has scaled Mount Everest for the 22nd time, setting a record for the most climbs of the world's highest mountain.

He was already safely on his way to a lower camp by the afternoon.

Nepali climber Lhakpa Sherpa has just broken her own record for successful summits of Mount Everest by a woman by reaching the peak of the world's tallest mountain for a ninth time.

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Kami Rita apparently hopes to reach 25 times before retiring.

Mountaineering has been his family tradition.

Iswari Paudel of Himalayan Guides Nepal, the company assigned to fix the ropes, confirmed that the team has scaled the mountain.

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Kami made his first scaled Everest in 1994 when he was 24 years old. He has also climbed numerous region's other high peaks, including K-2, Cho-Oyu, Manaslu and Lhotse.

A guide for more than two decades, he broke the previous record of 21 summits that he shared with two other Sherpas.

Apa, a 58-year-old guide who uses only one name, retired in 2011 and moved to Utah.

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Ms Lhakpa Sherpa, 44, reached the peak for a ninth time via the northern, Tibetan route, her brother Mingma Gelu Sherpa said. In her early days, she would help climbers by cooking form them and worked as a porter before she trained as a climber. She lives most of the year in the US state of CT and has a son and two daughters.

Dozens of climbers are expected to reach the summit on Wednesday, taking advantage of the good weather on the mountain, according to Shrestha.

Before leaving for Lukla, the gateway to Mt. Everest, late last month, the father-of-two told reporters in Kathmandu that he had no plans to stop climbing the mountain. He lost his legs after a failed Everest attempt in 1975.

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Nepal has issued 346 permits to mountaineers for this year's spring climbing season, which runs from mid-April to the end of May.

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