May 22,2023: Pasang Dawa Sherpa, a 46-year-old climber, has achieved an incredible feat by scaling Mount Everest for the second time equaling the world record for the most ascents held by Kami Rita Sherpa. The momentous occasion occurred at around 8:30 am, as Pasang stood atop the majestic peak for the 27th time. Mingma Gyaljen Sherpa, the Managing Director at Expedition Organizer, confirmed the achievement.
“Pa Dawa’s ascent of Everest makes him the second person in the world to reach the summit 27 times,” Mingma Gyaljen Sherpa stated. Earlier this season, on May 14, Pasang Dawa conquered Mount Everest alongside Marton Peter Price from Hungary. Pasang Dawa Sherpa grown up near Everest in the village of Pangboche, he witnessed the mountain’s grandeur daily, fueling his passion for climbing.
Pasang Dawa Sherpa’s extraordinary journey to the Everest summit spans several years, including successful ascents in 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, twice in 2006, twice in 2007, 2008, 2009, twice in 2010, 2011, 2012, twice in 2013, 2016, 2017, twice in 2018, twice in 2019, and twice in 2022.
In a parallel pursuit of this record-breaking achievement, Kami Rita Sherpa has also set off for the high camp to attempt his second ascent of Mount Everest this season. “Kami Rita is expected to conquer Everest for the 28th time within the next couple of days,” revealed Thaneswar Guragai, General Manager at Expedition Organizer.
Kami Rita, aged 53 and currently employed as a Senior Climbing Guide at renowned expedition organizer, accomplished his first successful ascent of Mount Everest on May 13, 1994. Since then, he has made an astonishing 27 ascents of Everest, one ascent each of K2 and Lhotse, three ascents of Manaslu, and eight ascents of Cho Oyu. Kami Rita Sherpa, therefore, holds the remarkable record for the ‘Most climbs over 8000m’.
Both Pasang Dawa Sherpa and Kami Rita Sherpa exemplify the indomitable spirit and immense dedication of Sherpa climbers, leaving an indelible mark on the history of mountaineering. Their extraordinary achievements inspire generations of climbers and serve as a testament to the human potential for conquering the world’s highest peaks.