Apa Sherpa broke his own world record by scaling Mount Everest (8,848m) for the 21st time on Wednesday. The 51-year-old, nicknamed ‘Super Sherpa’, created another milestone at 9:15 am (0345 GMT) by touching the peak of the world’s highest mountain.
Apa was accompanied with five other climbers. The record holder first scaled the highest peak at his fourth attempt on May 10, 1990. He then began his career as Sirdar, or chief Sherpa, for many high altitude expeditions.
Originally from the Thame village in Nepal and living in the USA since 2006, Apa has climbed Everest for nine straight years since 2002. In 1992, he reached the summit twice.
Having succeeded in the Eco-Everest Expedition 2008, 2009 and 2010, Apa’s Eco Everest Expedition 2011 was focused on climbing in an eco-sensitive manner to keep Mt Everest clean and collect garbage, debris and waste left by past expedition groups.
Apa leading the Eco Everest Expedition 2011 had a mission to collect four tones of garbage rubbish under a “Cash for Trash” programme funded by a private trekking company.
Over 3,000 people have made it to the top of Everest since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first to conquer of the peak in 1953.