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Kami Rita Sherpa scales Mt Everest for 22 times

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KATHMANDU — Kami Rita Sherpa has scaled the Mt Everest for the 22nd time Wednesday becoming the only mountaineer in the world to hold the record for most summits on the world’s highest peak.

Kami reached the summit at 8:30 am on Wednesday,according to mountaineering officials. Although, he was scheduled to climb the world’s tallest peak on Thursday, he achieved the feat on Wednesday surprising all his mountaineering colleagues and officials.

According to the base camp officials, Kami started his summit push from Camp IV with nine other Chinese climbers on Tuesday night and reached on Wednesday morning.

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Kami made his first ascent of Everest in 1994 when he was 24 years old. One of his 21 Everest ascents was made from the Chinese side in 2016.

The 48-year-old mountaineer has succeeded to break the record of 21 ascents of Everest set by Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa, both of whom have announced retirement.

Kami has already climbed most of the peaks above 8,000 m including K2, Cho-oyu, Lhoste and Annapurna among others.

Phurba Tashi had given up his plan to climb Everest due to pressure from his family as climbing involves a lot of risk.

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Food contest to be held to promote traditional and ethnic Nepali dishes

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KATHMANDU — The Sneha Travel Media is holding a food contest to connect the traditional and ethnic Nepali dishes with tourism.

The first ever, ‘Sagatani Axim College Chef Icon–2018’ is being held to link the Nepali food with tourism. A total of 36 students from 12 different colleges will take part in the competition.

In the competition taking place from May 29 to July 14, students will compete to prepare Nepali traditional dishes, ethnic dishes, continental, Italian, Indian and Chinese dishes.

Sneha Travel Media Nepal’s Managing Director, Suresh Chandra Basnet, said the students taking part in the contest were provided training at the Unicampus in Putalisadak on Saturday.

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“We are holding the competition by keeping the colleges at the centre so as to enhance the capabilities of the students’ enrolled at different colleges of Nepal,” he added.

The judges in the contest will be Surya Kiran Shrestha, Sri Ram Adhikari, Laxman Prasad Bhandari, Dr Sanjaya Jammal, Yuvaraj Pokharel, Suresh Chandra Basnet and Krishna Kaji Basnet. They are all chefs at Nepal’s prestigious hotels.

The winning student will be handed a cash prize of Rs 50,000 and kitchen set, the first – runner up will take home Rs 30,000 and kitchen set while the second – runner up will be awarded a cash prize of Rs 15,000 and kitchen set.

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