Sherpa guide "synonymous with the world’s highest peak" summits Everest for the 29th time

Mount Everest cloaked in clouds
Kami Rita has been scaling the world's highest peak nearly every year since 1994 (Image credit: jmaehl)

For the few mountaineers who do choose to take on the world's highest peak, reaching the top would usually be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but one man has just scaled Everest for the 29th time, breaking his own record.

Sherpa guide Kami Rita reached the 29,032-foot peak at 7:25 a.m. on Sunday, according to a post on X by Seven Summits Treks, where he works as a Senior Guide. Rita posted an image to his own Instagram page just a few hours ago, which you can see below, reporting that he is now safely back at Base Camp after his impressive feat.

The 54-year-old Sherpa first climbed Everest in 1994, and has been climbing it nearly every year since. According to ABC News, he has been in competition with fellow guide Pasang Dawa for the title of most summits of Everest. Last year, Rita took the lead when he climbed Everest for the 27th time on May 17, then climbed it again one week later.

Rita was born in Thame, a village in Nepal that is home to many mountaineering Sherpas, including Tenzing Norgay, who made the first ascent of Everest in 1953 with Edmund Hillary. In an interview with The Independent in 2018, his wife revealed that she wishes he would give up mountaineering, and the couple do not want their two children to follow in his footsteps.

In addition to Everest, Rita has climbed many of the world's most dangerous mountains, including K2, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Manaslu.

Julia Clarke

Julia Clarke is a staff writer for and the author of the book Restorative Yoga for Beginners. She loves to explore mountains on foot, bike, skis and belay and then recover on the the yoga mat. Julia graduated with a degree in journalism in 2004 and spent eight years working as a radio presenter in Kansas City, Vermont, Boston and New York City before discovering the joys of the Rocky Mountains. She then detoured west to Colorado and enjoyed 11 years teaching yoga in Vail before returning to her hometown of Glasgow, Scotland in 2020 to focus on family and writing.