Saturday 1 October 2016

Female Sherpa climbs Everest for a record seventh time

Published 20/05/2016 | 11:26

Lhakpa Sherpa was among 18 climbers who reached the peak on Friday morning (AP)
Lhakpa Sherpa was among 18 climbers who reached the peak on Friday morning (AP)

A 42-year-old convenience store worker has scaled Mount Everest for a seventh time, breaking her own record as the most successful female climber of the world's highest peak, expedition organisers said.

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Lhakpa Sherpa was among 18 climbers who reached the peak on Friday morning from the northern side in Tibet, according to Rajeeb Shrestha of the 7 Summits Adventure agency in Kathmandu .

She climbed Everest six times between 2000 and 2006 before moving to the US where she is a permanent resident in Connecticut. She was born in Nepal and took up mountaineering as a profession like most Sherpas in the region.

Two Sherpa men have scaled Everest 21 times to hold the record for most climbs of the peak.

Her brother Mingma Gelu has climbed Everest eight times and sister Ming Kipa was once the youngest female Everest climber. She has a son and two daughters.

Favourable weather has allowed hundreds of climbers to scale the 29,035ft mountain since last week. More than 330 climbers have reached the summit from Nepal since May 11. Several more have done the same from northern routes in Tibet.

The number of successful climbs this year is good news for the mountaineering community after the past two climbing seasons were hit by disasters. Nepal's devastating earthquake last year caused an avalanche that killed 19 people at base camp, and in 2014, an avalanche above base camp killed 16 Sherpa guides.

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