Apa Sherpa rewrites record with 21st Everest summit

Record breaking Nepali mountaineer Apa Sherpa reached the summit of Mt Everest for the record 21 times on the morning of 11 May.

Apa, who is leading an environmental expedition, took advantage of good weather to reach the 8,848- meter summit with a group of other climbers. Tilak Pandey, an officer of Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation stationed at the base camp, confirmed the summit.

The 50-year-old Sherpa first reached the summit of the tallest peak on earth in 1989 and repeated the feat almost every year.

Apa’s expedition plans to bring around 4 tons of garbage from the lower part of the mountain and

another one ton from near the summit.


22 expeditions to attempt Everest this season

The government has permitted 22 expeditions to climb Mt Everest this season.

According to the Mountaineering Sector at the Tourism Industry Division under the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, a total of 227 mountaineers have been permitted to climb the tallest peak on earth this season.

The government has permitted a total of 71 expeditions to attempt different peaks across the country this season. But people involved in adventure tourism say the number of expeditions is lower than that of last year.

“Perhaps mountaineers have keep their plan on hold as they are skeptic about the political situation in the country after 28 May – the deadline for new constitution,” an official at the Tourism Ministry said.

Most of the expeditions have already left for respective climbing regions.


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