(Reuters) — A Nepali sherpa scaled Mount Everest for a record 26th time, beating his own earlier record set final yr, a authorities official stated on Sunday.

Kami Rita Sherpa, 52, scaled the 8,848.86-meter (29,031.69-foot) mountain on Saturday alongside the standard southeast ridge route main 10 different Sherpa climbers.

“Kami Rita has broken his own record and established a new world record in climbing,” stated Taranath Adhikari, director common of the Department of Tourism in capital Kathmandu.

Kami Rita’s spouse, who gave her title as Jangmu, stated she was comfortable over the achievement of her husband.

The climbing route used by Kami Rita was pioneered by New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepal’s sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953 and stays the preferred.

This yr Nepal has issued 316 permits to climb Everest within the peak season, which runs by May, in contrast with 408 final yr, the very best ever.

The Himalayan nation, which is closely reliant on climbers for international trade, confronted criticism for permitting overcrowding and a number of other climber deaths on the mountains in 2019.

Everest has been climbed 10,657 instances because it was first scaled in 1953 from Nepali and Tibetan sides — many have climbed a number of instances, and 311 individuals have died to date, based on the Himalayan database.

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