On Wednesday, a pair of veteran Sherpas each set a record for Mount Everest climbs.
Kami Rita first scaled Everest at age 24, and has made the trip nearly every year since then. He plans to summit the mountain at least three more times - meaning he'll set three more records.
"Kami Rita Sherpa reached the summit this morning at around 8:30 a.m. local time along with other climbers", Gyanendra Shrestha, an official at the Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, told Xinhua via telephone from the base camp.
Officials said Kami Rita reached the summit on Wednesday with a team of foreign climbers, while Lakpa Sherpa reached the peak from the Chinese side. He first reached the top of Everest in 1994.
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He completed the seven climbs in 177 days - nine days quicker than the previous record - after reaching the top of Everest on Monday.
Mr Kami Rita, 48, was one of six sherpas who took seven clients to the summit from the Nepali side, Mr Mingma Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks, who organised the expedition, said.
Before leaving the Everest base camp, Kami had announced that he intends to climb Everest 25 times. According to the Himalayan Database, a record of expeditions in the Himalayas since 1903, out of 8,306 Everest summits so far, 5,280 have happened from Nepal and 3,026 from Tibet. The mother of 11 has already been acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records for climbing the Everest eight times. She now lives in the USA and works at a departmental store.
The daughter of a yak herder, Ms Lhakpa worked as a porter and kitchen hand on trekking and mountaineering expeditions, before becoming a climber herself.
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For this spring season, the government has issued permits to 346 climbers of 38 teams for Mt. Everest.
"The risks are higher when 99 percent of climbers are going up as tourists", said Reinhold Messner, an Italian climber who was the first to ascend Mount Everest without supplementary oxygen.
Another 180 climbers are preparing to summit Everest from its north side in Tibet, according to the China Tibet Mountaineering Association.
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