The following is an excerpt from GOPAL SHARMA | May 20, 2016 | reuters.com |
A 42-year-old woman born in Nepal climbed Mount Everest for the seventh time on Friday, breaking her own record for the most summits of the world's highest mountain by any woman, a hiking official said.
Lhakpa Sherpa, who works in a 7-Eleven store in Connecticut, reached the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak from the Tibetan side, said Rajiv Shrestha of the 7 Summits Adventure company that organized her expedition.
"She has broken her own record," Shrestha told Reuters. She was accompanied to the top by a Nepali guide.
Three hours later, eight members of a Russian team and eight of guides also climbed from the same northern route, he said.
Lhakpa Sherpa, one of the 11 children of a Nepali family, was born in eastern Sankhuwasabha district where the world's fifth highest mountain, Makalu, is located.
Two other Sherpa climbers share between them a record for 21 ascents of Everest, the maximum climbs by men.
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