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.
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.Follow @gorkhapost
Over 500,000 tourists visit Nepal in first 6 months
KATHMANDU — As many as 520,000 tourists visited the country in the first six months of the year 2018.
This is 13 per cent increment in tourist arrivals compared to the number of tourists visiting the country during the corresponding period last year, according to the Department of Immigration.
During the same period last year, a total of 460,304 foreign tourists had visited the country. The data shows that tourist arrivals were encouraging even during the rainy season. It may be noted that Nepal Tourism Board held tourism promotional programs aimed at attracting more tourists to Nepal.
NTB Chief Executive Officer Deepak Raj Joshi said increase in the number of foreigners even during off season was good news for tourism entrepreneurs. The contribution of the private sector to the country’s tourism cannot be ignored, he added.
The latest data shows that 96,372 Indian tourists visited Nepal in the period while the number of Chinese was 71,379. The number of tourists from the United States of America was 43,816, while the number Japanese tourists stood at 13, 851.
Nepal welcomed tourists especially from South Asia and European countries, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, among others.Follow @gorkhapost