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Over 600 scale Mt Everest

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This spring over 600 climbers reached atop Mt. Everest, the highest peak of the world.
Nepal’s Kami Rita Sherpa became the first mountaineer to conquer the highest peak for 24 times. Moreover, he reached atop the highest peak twice in a period of six days and breached his previous records of the largest number of assent of Mt Everest.
Kami Rita scaled Mt. Everest for the 23rd times on May 15 breaking his own previous record of highest number of ascent. Later, he scaled Everest second time of the season on May 21 to make to the top of Everest for 24 times.
Born in 1970 in Thame village of Solukhumbu district, Kami Rita had equalised his record of 21 times Everest ascent set by Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa in 2017. Later, on May 16 in 2018, Kami Rita successfully reached atop Everest for the record 22nd time leaving behind Apa and Phurba Tashi.
Appa and Phurba Tashi both have announced retirement from the expedition.
HIV-infected Gopal Shrestha (54) from Pokhara also reached atop Mt. Everest on May 22, becoming the first HIV positive person to reach the Everest summit.
Two widows of Sherpa climbers, who died on Mt. Everest, also scaled the Mt. Everest this season.
Furdiki Sherpa and Nima Doma Sherpa reached atop Mt. Everest on May 23.
Furdiki (42), lost her husband in 2013 while he was fixing rope in the climbing route of Everest while Nima Doma(36) lost her husband from the deadly avalanche that swept 15 Sherpa guides in Everest in 2014.
Nisha Bhote became the first women Everest summiteers from the Bhote community of Nepal. Nisha,22, from Hatiya Rural Municipality of Sankhuwasabha conquered the highest peak on May 25.
According to agencies, an African women Saray N’ Kusi Khumalo also accented Everest this season as the first black African women reaching atop the highest peak of the world.
While many climbers set new records, nine died on Mt Everest and seven in other peaks this season.
Although traffic jam on the Everest peak on May 25 and 26 was blamed for many of the deaths, the Department of Tourism refuted this by issuing a press note.
A total of 381 climbers belonging to 44 expedition teams had received permit from the DoT to climb Mt. Everest this spring season.

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