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First climbers of 2018 reach Mount Everest summit

First climbers of 2018 reach Mount Everest summit

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. Fellow guides Apa and Phurba Tashi had previously been tied for the record at 21 but have both retired from climbing.

A 44-year-old woman, Lhakpa Sherpa, who lives in Connecticut, United States, climbed for the ninth time on Wednesday, breaking her own record of the most summits by a woman, her Nepali hiking company said.

Except Lhakpa, no other woman in the world has scaled the peak so many times till date.

Kami climbed Mt Everest for the 21st time past year.

"It has obviously excited me with the feeling that I am going to set a new world record".

He made his first ascent of the Everest in 1994 when he was 24 years old. She was making her way down to the advanced base camp, he said. "I have been climbing mountains for women's empowerment", Lhakpa told THT while leaving for Tibet last month.

The twin records come on the heels of Australian Steve Plain becoming the fastest person to summit the highest mountains on all seven continents.

According to Sherpa, she wants to climb Mt Everest for at least 10 times.

Shrestha said a total of 94 climbers reached the summit on Wednesday because of good weather conditions.

But the mountain is also highlighting its risks.

Previous year seven people lost their lives on the world's highest peak, while 449 summited from the Nepal side and at least another 120 made it to the top from the north side in Tibet.

"Multiple teams using the same device have experienced similar oxygen system failures".

For the benefit of those who do not know, it's worth noting that a malfunction between the bottle and mask and ensuing sudden lack of O2 can be extremely risky for those who are not acclimatised to those altitudes without supplemental oxygen.

Lhakpa stood at the top of Everest early on Wednesday too.