By reaching the summit of the world’s highest mountain on Thursday, a Nepali Sherpa broke her own record as the most successful female climber of Mount Everest.
Lakpa Sherpa, 48, and several other climbers took advantage of favorable weather to reach the 8,849-meter (29,032-foot) summit early in the morning, her brother and expedition organizer Mingma Gelu said. He said she was in good health and was safely descending from the peak.
Sherpa never had the opportunity to receive a formal education since she had to begin earning a living by carrying climbing equipment and supplies for trekkers. Thursday’s successful ascent was her 10th – the most of any woman — and she said that she wants to inspire all women to achieve their goals.
Lhakpa, who lives in the US, had started her climbing career as a porter. She first summited Everest in 2000 at the age of 26
Hundreds of foreign climbers and an equal number of Sherpa guides are set to attempt climbs of Everest in May, the month when weather conditions in the Himalayan peaks are ideal favourable for climbing.
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