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Sherpa hits record high for Everest

Peak practice: Kami Rita PICTURE: EPA

NEPALESE Sherpa Kami Rita has conquered Mount Everest for the 23rd time, breaking his own record for the most ascents of the world’s highest peak.

Mr Rita, 49, safely reached the 29,035ft summit with other climbers yesterday morning.

‘It is my profession but, at the same time, I am setting a new world record for Nepal too,’ said the guide, who faced pressure to quit climbing after surviving an avalanche at base camp in 2015.

‘I know I may or may not come back,’ he said. ‘I am like a soldier who leaves behind their wives, children and family to battle for the pride of the country.’

Two of his rivals have scaled Everest 21 times each, but both of them have now retired.

Mr Rita first reached the peak in 1994 and has made the trip nearly every year since.