August 20, 2019
Latest News
Entertainment

Nepal mountaineer Kami Rita to attempt record 24th Everest climb

Kathmandu, May 16 (efe-epa).- Nepal’s high-altitude climbing guide Kami Rita Sherpa, who just broke his own record by scaling Mt Everest for the 23rd time, is all set to attempt summitting the peak again.

A day after achieving the feat, the 49-year-old Kami Rita on Thursday told EFE over phone from the Everest base camp that he would set off on Saturday for his second climb this season to the top of the world's highest mountain.

The mountaineer has set a goal to climb Everest for at least 25 times in his lifetime.

Mingma Sherpa, chairman of Seven Summit Treks, the agency that handles Kami Rita’s expedition, confirmed the climber's own record-breaking next climb.

"We will be writing to the Department of Tourism on Friday regarding Kami Rita’s second ascent (this seson)," Mingma Sherpa told EFE.

Nepali guides are not required to pay Everest climbing permit fee, but expedition companies have to inform the department on their new plan.

A climbing permit for Mt Everest costs $11,000 for foreigners and 75,000 rupees (or nearly $700) for Nepalis. Climbers spend between $40,000 and $90,000 to climb the mountain.

Mingma Sherpa said Kami Rita “will probably begin the Everest push on May 23” after leaving the base camp this weekend.

As per rules, for the second attempt, climbers should come back to the Everest Base Camp and begin their journey again.

Kami Rita has earlier successfully climbed Everest twice in a single season three times — in 2009, 2010 and 2013.

He made his first ascent of the giant peak in 1994 when he was 24. One of his 23 climbs was made from the Chinese side in 2016.

If he succeeds in his latest bid, it will be Kami Rita’s fourth mountain expedition in two months.

Before scaling the top of Everest for his 23rd time, Kami Rita returned to Nepal on March 20 after climbing Mount Elbrus (5,642m) in southern Russia, the highest mountain in Europe.

He then flew to the Everest region and climbed Island Peak (6,189m) on March 24 before returning to Kathmandu again.

Hailing from Thame village in Solukhumbu district, Kami Rita succeeded in breaking the record of 21 Everest ascents set by Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa in 2017, both of whom have announced their retirement.

Phurba Tashi gave up his plan to climb again in consideration with his family due to the extreme dangers.

On May 16 last year, Kami Rita made history by scaling Everest for a 22nd time.

This season, the Department of Tourism which issues climbing permits has granted permission to a record 378 fee-paying climbers to mount their bids on the world’s tallest peak.

With each climber hiring at least one local high-altitude climbing guide, the total number of individuals on the mountain has been estimated to reach 1,000.

The highest number of climbing permits issued for Everest was 371 in 2017. The success rate since last three years on Everest is over 65 percent.

sp/ssk

News history
Mammoth fossil 13,000 years old reveals rich paleontology of west Mexico

By Mariana Gonzalez

Son of immigrants travels US delivering crosses for shooting victims

By Jorge Mederos

Breathtaking spots offer tourists birdseye views of Uruguay's capital

By Sarah Yañez-Richards

Soccer great Cristiano Ronaldo admits payment to rape accuser

Washington, Aug 20 (efe-epa).- Attorneys representing soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo acknowledged that the Portuguese striker paid $375,000 to a woman...

Hungarians revel in a sea of fragrant blooms

Hungarians reveled in a sea of colour and fragrant blooms to marks the 50th Debrecen Flower Festival.

The winery that uses music as its the star ingredient

By Joan Mas Autonell

Colombia, victim of lucrative exotic animal smuggling

By Claudia Polanco Yermanos

Graffiti festival lights up giant facades in Moscow

By Fernando Salcines

Brazilian gov't mining policy threatens Amazon, indigenous leader says

By Maria Angelica Troncoso

The farm caring for Israel's abandoned animals

A voluntary facility in Israel, The Freedom Farm, is a refuge for animals that have been ejected from the food industry, abused or abandoned. The site has...

Spain's Battle of Flowers floats prepare for parade

By Miguel Ramos

Young faces of Aceh celebrate Indonesia’s independence

Indonesian students in elaborate, colorful costumes walked in a parade during celebrations on Sunday marking the 74th anniversary of Indonesia's...

Indonesia marks independence anniversary with pole race, dancing

Indonesia celebrated its 74th anniversary of independence from the Netherlands on Saturday, a milestone marked with official celebrations, traditional...

"Easy Rider" star Peter Fonda dies

Washington, Aug 16 (efe-epa).- US actor and filmmaker Peter Fonda, who became an international star in 1969 with "Easy Rider," died Friday at his home in...

Quito video art makes viewers reflect on migration, environment and memories

Quito, Aug 16 (efe-epa).- An unprecedented exhibition in the Ecuadorian capital is making viewers reflect on such concepts as migration, the environment and...

Delivery workers unite to protect themselves from Mexico City dangers

By Zoilo Carrillo

Woody Allen wraps up filming of new romantic comedy set in Spain

San Sebastian, Spain, Aug 16 (efe-epa).- American director Woody Allen on Friday completed shooting on his latest movie, a romantic comedy filmed in Spain...

Famous Madrid chef returns to her Dominican roots

By Manuel Perez Bella

Aquarium in South Africa joins WAZA world alliance

The Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town recently became a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), a global alliance for zoos, aquariums,...

By Ana Sánchez

Social media backlash erupts in mainland China against Hong Kong protests

By Jesus Centeno and Victor Escribano

A stroll through New York's iconic Madison Square Garden

By Alvaro Celorio

Panama City celebrates 500th anniversary with cake for 4,500 people

Panama City, Aug 15 (efe-epa).- Panama City, the first Spanish settlement on the Pacific coast of North America, on Thursday celebrated its 500th...

Foreign tourism to Mexico up 7 pct. in 1st half of 2019

Mexico City, Aug 15 (efe-epa).- The number of foreign tourist arrivals in Mexico in the first half of 2019 rose 7 percent relative to the same period of...

I agree Welcome to news4europe.eu. We use cookies to improve your online experience. Find out more.