Man on the Everest, more than anyone in the planet

April 5, 2018

April 5, 2018

Since the first ascent of Mt. Everest by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on 29 May 1953 via S-Col SE Ridge approximately 5231 ascents are counted from the Nepal side till spring 2017 and “Sherpa” from the very first to now witnessed almost all attempts on the world’s highest peak. Mt. Everest also known as Sagarmatha and Chomolungma is situated at an altitude of 8,848m (29,029 ft.) in the MahalungurHimal Range between the Nepal and China Border with the coordinates of 27°59'17"N 86°5'31"E.

The highest peak of the world, Mt. Everest has been climbed multiple times by both Sherpas and foreigners, but remarkably only 3 individuals (all Sherpa) can script the history of Everest for 21 equal ascents. Apa Sherpa aka ‘Super Sherpa’ from Thame, PhurbaTashi from Khumjung, and Kami Rita from Thame, all 3 have scaled the highest peak more than anyone on the planet. Apa Sherpa climbed Mt. Everest 21 times between 10 May 1990 – 11 May 2011, PhurbaTashi Sherpa between 27 May 1999 – 10 May 2013, and Kami Rita Sherpa between 13 May 1994 – 27 May 2017.

The 48-year-old Kami Rita inhabitant of Thame, Solukhumbu reached the highest point on 13 May 1994 as his first ascent of Everest and continued his high altitude journey by climbing Annapurna IV in 1996, Cho Oyu 8188m for 8 times from 2001 to 2011, Lhotse 8516m in 2011, Mt. K 2 (8611m) in 2014 Manaslu 8163 in 2017.

S.N. Peak Height Summit Date
1. Mt. Everest 8,848m 13/05/1994 S-Col SE Ridge
2. Mt. Everest 8,848m 25/05/1997 S-Col SE Ridge
3. Mt. Everest 8,848m 25/05/1998 S-Col SE Ridge
4. Mt. Everest 8,848m 13/05/1999 S-Col SE Ridge
5. Mt. Everest 8,848m 23/05/2000 S-Col SE Ridge
6. Mt. Everest 8,848m 25/05/2002 S-Col SE Ridge
7. Mt. Everest 8,848m 30/05/2003 S-Col SE Ridge
8. Mt. Everest 8,848m 24/05/2004 S-Col SE Ridge
9. Mt. Everest 8,848m 30/05/2005 S-Col SE Ridge
10. Mt. Everest 8,848m 20/05/2006 S-Col SE Ridge
11. Mt. Everest 8,848m 22/05/2007 S-Col SE Ridge
12. Mt. Everest 8,848m 24/05/2008 S-Col SE Ridge
13. Mt. Everest 8,848m 05/05/2009 S-Col SE Ridge
14. Mt. Everest 8,848m 23/05/2009 S-Col SE Ridge
15. Mt. Everest 8,848m 05/05/2010 S-Col SE Ridge
16. Mt. Everest 8,848m 24/05/2010 S-Col SE Ridge
17. Mt. Everest 8,848m 18/05/2012 S-Col SE Ridge
18. Mt. Everest 8,848m 22/05/2013 S-Col SE Ridge
19. Mt. Everest 8,848m 10/05/2013 S-Col SE Ridge
20. Mt. Everest 8,848m 20/05/2016 N-Col NE Ridge
21. Mt. Everest 8,848m 27/05/2017 S-Col SE Ridge
22. Mt. Cho Oyu 8,188m 08/10/2001 NW side
23. Mt. Cho Oyu 8,188m 21/09/2004 NW side
24. Mt. Cho Oyu 8,188m 02/10/2006 NW side
25. Mt. Cho Oyu 8,188m 30/09/2009 NW side
26. Mt. Cho Oyu 8,188m 04/10/2011 NW side
27. Mt. Cho Oyu 8,188m 26/09/2013 NW side
28. Mt. Cho Oyu 8,188m 29/09/2014 NW side
29. Mt. Cho Oyu 8,188m 30/09/2016 NW side
30. Mt. Lhotse 8,516m 20/05/2011 West Face
31. Mt. K 2 8,611m 27/07/2014 Abruzzi Ridge
32. Mt. Manaslu 8,163 26/09/2017 NE Face

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