World Teen - Main Article
Signup Teachers & Parents
Everest Record Falls . . . Again
News Bytes 05/10/2022 4 Comments

A Nepalese Sherpa guide has scaled Mount Everest . . . yet again. On Sunday, Kami Rita broke his own record for the most climbs of the world’s highest peak, according to expedition organizers. It was Rita’s 26th summiting.

Kami Rita reached the 29,032-foot pinnacle on Saturday evening. He 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. (Read more about Kami Rita in In the Shadow of Everest.)

Rita and 10 other Sherpa guides reached the summit without any problems and safely returned to lower camps, says Mingma Sherpa of the Kathmandu-based Seven Summit Treks. He says the guides who set the ropes were all highly experienced climbers.

The group reached the world’s highest point around 7 p.m. on Saturday. That is late by Everest climbing standards. At night, climbers can lose their way as they trek down. There is also considerable risk of worsening weather conditions.

Hundreds of foreign climbers and an equal number of Sherpa guides will attempt to climb Everest this month. May is the best month for climbers since it usually features the optimal weather conditions. There are only a couple of windows for good weather on the highest section of the mountain in May. Those times of lowest wind can enable climbers to reach the summit.

Rita, 52, first scaled Everest in 1994. He has made the trip nearly every year since. He is one of many Sherpa guides whose expertise and skills are vital to the safety and success of the foreign climbers who head to Nepal each year seeking to stand on top of the world.

Rita’s father was among the first Sherpa guides. Rita followed in his footsteps and beyond. In addition to his 26 times to the top of Everest, Rita has scaled several other peaks that are among the world’s highest, including K-2, Cho-Oyu, Manaslu, and Lhotse.

Most climbing enthusiasts fear the day that Sherpa guides like Rita stop guiding climbers up the world’s highest peaks. After all, Rita and other guides say they want their children to find safer jobs.

“Climbing is like going on a battle,” Rita told an Australia television station in 2019. “You don’t know whether you’ll return alive.”

You do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. — James 4:14

(Veteran Sherpa guide Kami Rita, who returned from the mountains on a helicopter, arrives at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, on May 25, 2021. AP/Bikram Rai)

Leave a comment
  • Keep comments on topic and related to the subject matter of the article. (Off-topic comments will be deleted.)
  • Be respectful of everyone, including other readers as well as individuals in the news stories. Disagree politely.
  • Do not post links to websites outside of WORLDteen.
  • Keep personal information such as full name, age, location, and contact information private.
  • Read your comment before posting to be sure you have typed what you wish to say in public.
Sorry you are not allowed to publish comments. If this is the first time you are seeing this message please log out and back in. If you continue to see this message and believe this to be in error please reach out to member services.

Most recent comments

1st Comment

Cool! That would be cool to climb MT Everest all the time.

26TH SUMMIT??? WHAT?? (also, second comment)

This is so awesome. But also, I'm totally afraid of mount everest. Just the thought of climbing it scares me.

3rd comment

That is really neat! What an awesome record!


That`s crazy! That is a lot of climbing!

Check out one of the interesting topics below
Explain IT!

Explain-IT trains you to understand the how’s and why’s of man-made inventions and ideas.

Learn More
Pop Smart

Pop! SMART provides tools that equip teenagers with the kinds of insights they need to wisely navigate today’s popular culture in a way that’s fun and engaging.

Learn More
Pie in the Sky

Everyone daydreams, and as it should be. Good dreams aside, our culture is a natural enemy of serenity and hope. God has equipped you for great things.

Learn More
People Mover

True stories are incredibly powerful. They bring meaning to our lives—communicating the truths we can’t afford to live without.

Learn More
Mud Room

Mud Room helps you relate to the news by exploring the details behind the stories in the headlines that relate to earth sciences.

Learn More
Globe Trek

Globe Trek will take you from the living room sofa to the mountains of Uzbekistan and from the screen of their smart phone to a Chilean plantation.

Learn More
Ka Ching!

ka-Ching! takes a look at important principles of money and economics through relatable examples from everyday life.

Learn More
Law 'N Order

Law ‘N Order captures your imagination through civics, focusing on the idea that everyone can make a difference in life.

Learn More

User login