Mount Everest

West Hartford Woman Breaks Own Record With 10th Everest Climb

Lhakpa Sherpa, who hold the world records for most successful Everest ascents by a woman, reached the 29,032-foot summit for a 10th time

Nepalese climber Lhakpa Sherpa living in Connecticut broke her own record of most climbs of the world's highest peak by a female climber when she scaled Mount Everest in 2022.
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A Nepali Sherpa broke her own record as the most successful female climber of Mount Everest by reaching the summit of the world's highest peak Thursday.

Lhakpa Sherpa and several other climbers took advantage of favorable weather to reach the 8,849-meter (29,032-foot) summit early in the morning, her brother and expedition organizer Mingma Gelu said. He said she was in good health and was safely descending from the peak.

Philip Henderson has climbed Mount Everest before in 2012 - but he got bronchitis and stayed in a camp before he could reach the top. He said he would be ready to go back, for the right reasons - and now he will lead the first all-Black expedition to the top of the mountain. Climbers will have to dig deep mentally and brave the harsh elements on the 60-day journey next year.

Sherpa, 48, never got a chance to get a formal education because she had to start earning a living by carrying climbing gear and supplies for trekkers. Thursday's successful ascent was her 10th — the most times any woman has climbed Everest — and she has always said she wanted to inspire all women so they too can achieve their dreams. She marked her first record 22 years ago when she became the first Nepali woman to climb Everest and make it down alive.

A native of Nepal, Sherpa lives in the U.S. with her three children in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Another Nepalese Sherpa guide, Kami Rita, reached the summit for the 26th time Saturday, breaking his own record for the most climbs of Everest. Rita led a group of Sherpa climbers who fixed ropes along the route so that hundreds of other climbers and guides can make their way to the top of the mountain later this month.

Hundreds of foreign climbers and an equal number of Sherpa guides are set to attempt climbs of Everest in May, the month when weather conditions in the Himalayan peaks are most favorable for climbing.

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