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Nepal's 'Everest Man' claims record 30th summit

AFP | Kathmandu, Nepal

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A 54-year-old Nepali climber known as "Everest Man" reached the peak of the world's highest mountain for a record 30th time yesterday, three decades after his first summit.

Kami Rita Sherpa, who broke his own record after climbing the 8,849-metre (29,032-foot) peak for the 29th time earlier this month, has previously said that he was "just working" and did not plan on setting records. "Kami Rita reached the summit this morning.

Now he has made a new record with 30 summits of Everest," Mingma Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks, his expedition organiser, told AFP.

But celebrations were overshadowed after a Romanian mountaineer was confirmed dead, and a British climber and Nepali guide were reported missing -- the latest casualties highlighting the risks of the sport.

Sherpa first stood on the top of Mount Everest in 1994 when working for a commercial expedition. Since then he has climbed Everest almost every year, guiding clients.

"I am glad for the record, but records are eventually broken," he told AFP after his 29th climb on May 12.

"I am more happy that my climbs help Nepal be recognised in the world."

Last year, Sherpa climbed Everest twice to reclaim his record after another guide, Pasang Dawa Sherpa, equalled his number of ascents.