Nepali sherpa becomes 2nd person to climb Mount Everest 26 times
46-year-old Pasang Dawa completed his 26th trip to the top of the world's tallest mountain with a client from Hungary.
Pasang Dawa Sherpa, a Nepali guide trekker became the second person in the world on Sunday to climb Mount Everest 26 times, a world record that is equally held by Kami Rita Sherpa, according to government tourism officials.
The world record for most times climbed on Mount Everest could once again be broken if one of the two sherpas climb the 8,849-m (29,032-ft) peak once more.
Forty-six-year-old Pasang Dawa completed his 26th trip with a client from Hungary, according to an official from his employer's hiking company, Imagine Nepal Treks.
"They are descending from the top now and are in good shape," the official, Dawa Futi Sherpa, told Reuters.
Pasang Dawa Sherpa, also known as Pa Dawa has successfully scaled Mt #Everest (8848.86 m) for 26th time, equalizing the previous record held by Kami Rita Sherpa, reports expedition organizer Imagine Nepal Treks. pic.twitter.com/FNd4svsVou— Everest Today (@EverestToday) May 14, 2023
Sherpas are members of a Tibetan community living in the Himalayas in eastern Nepal, and known for providing support for mountain climbers.
About 467 permits have been issued this year by Nepalese authorities to allow foreign climbers to trek the summit.
The mount has been scaled over 11,000 times since it was first climbed by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953.
According to a Himalayan database and Nepali officials, at least 320 people have died on their journeys to the top.
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