Apa conquers Mt. Everest for 20th times, breaks his own previous record
Mountaineering legend Apa Sherpa made it to the top of the world highest peak, Mount Everest, Saturday morning for the 20th time, breaking his own previous record.
According to officials at Mountaineering Department, Apa conquered the world’s highest mountain at 8:34 am along with several other climbers. The expedition team reached atop the 8,848-meter tall peak by taking advantage of a break in the weather.
Apa and his fellow climbers of the Eco Everest Expedition had set out to the Mt. Everest in April with the aim of clearing 15,400 pounds garbage scattered in the Himalayan peak.
The 50-year old mountaineer guide also hoisted a Nepali flag imprinted with the slogan of Nepal Tourism Year 2011 on the top of the Mt. Everest in order to spread the message of tourism year. Nepal expects to attract over 1 million tourists in the tourism year.
Apa made the first successful ascent of Everest on May 10, 1990, and set foot atop the summit twice in 1992 and 1997. He has been climbing the highest peak regularly since 1990 except in 1996 and 2001.
Though Apa announced his retirement citing family reasons after completing his 12th summit in 2002, he could not resist his temptation to scale the coveted peak for long time and stepped again atop the Everest for the 13th time in 2003.
- Asian Tribune -