Nepali Superhuman Climbs Everest for Record 29th Time at Age 52

Kami Rita Sherpa

Kathmandu, May 12, 2024 – Kamirita Sherpa, a world-renowned Nepali mountain climber, has broken his own record for the most summits of Mount Everest. The 52-year-old Sherpa reached the 8,849-meter (29,032-foot) peak at 7:25 am local time on Sunday, marking his 29th successful ascent of the world’s highest mountain.

Sherpa’s latest summit surpasses his previous record of 28 Everest climbs, which he set last year. He first climbed Everest in 1994 at age 24 after two failed attempts in 1992 and 1993.

“Reaching the top of Everest never gets old,” said Sherpa. “This mountain has been my life for over 30 years, and I feel blessed to keep coming back.”


Mingma Sherpa, president of Seven Summit Treks which organized the latest expedition, confirmed Kamirita’s record-breaking feat. The climber has worked for the company since 2018.

A native of Thame village in Nepal’s Solukhumbu district, Kamirita Sherpa spent much of his career as a lead climber responsible for fixing ropes up Everest to assist other climbers. He twice summitted the peak twice in the same year – in 2009, 2010 and 2013.

Now in his 50s, Sherpa says his lifelong Everest ambition may be winding down. “Next year will be my silver celebration – climbing Everest for the 25th time before finally taking some rest,” he stated.

Kamirita Sherpa’s 29 summits are the most ever by a single climber on Everest. He hopes his records will inspire the next generation of Nepali mountaineers.

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