Man Climbs Everest Twice In A Week To Notch Record 24th Ascent
Kami Rita Sherpa, 49, has smashed his own record by ascending the world's tallest mountain for the 24th time -- and he has no plans to slow down.
Kami, as he's known, reached the 8,850-metre peak by the traditional south-east ridge route on Tuesday -- his 24th ascent, and second in just seven days.
It solidifies his status as one of the most accomplished high-altitude climbers of all time.
Only three mountaineers are within reaching distance of the record: Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa have both retired from climbing with a huge 21 ascents under their belts, while Ngima Nuru Sherpa, is attempting his 22nd summit from the Chinese side of the mountain this season.
Kami lives and breathes climbing.
He began taking loads to the Everest Base Camp as a porter when he was just 12 years old, and in 1994, aged 25, he scaled the peak for the first time.
Since then, he's stood atop the mountain almost every year.
"I never thought about making records," he told the BBC.
"I actually never knew that you could make a record. Had I known, I would have made a lot more summits earlier."
But he hasn't just had his eye on Everest. Kami has scaled most of the world's peaks above the 8000-metre mark including K2, Cho-oyu, Lhoste and Annapurna.
He's now a guide for international companies that organise climbing expeditions, helping to prepare the route, fix ropes and carry supplies.
He has no plans to hang up the pack, adamant he has many more ascents to come.
"I can climb for a few more years," he said before last weeks climb.
"I am healthy -- I can keep going until I am 60 years old. With oxygen, it's no big deal."
The summit was first conquered in 1953. Since then, close to 5,000 people have made it to the top.
The first Australians to successfully summit were Tim Macartney-Snape and Greg Mortimer back in 1984.