A Nepali woman climber today broke her own world record by scaling Mt Everest for the ninth time.
Kami Rita first scaled Everest at age 24, and has made the trip nearly every year since then.
"I did not start climbing to set a world record", he told AFP last month before setting out for the mountain.
Another 180 climbers are preparing to summit Everest from its north side in Tibet, according to the China Tibet Mountaineering Association.
Sherpa climbed the Everest for the 21st time in 2017.
Nepalese mountaineer Lhakpa Sherpa prepares to leave for an expedition to Everest in Kathmandu
The daughter of a yak herder, Ms Lhakpa worked as a porter and kitchen hand on trekking and mountaineering expeditions, before becoming a climber herself.
Apart from Kami, dozens climbed the mountain Wednesday, Shrestha said from the Base Camp.
According to alpinist and mountain chronicler Alan Arnette, who year is following the events on the highest mountain on in the world this year for the U.S. magazine Outside Online, at an altitude of 8500 meters 10 of the 39 regulators used by clients and Sherpa suddenly stopped working.
But the mountain is also highlighting its risks.
"They are searching for him on the way down", he said of the team that has just summited. "There are no reported injuries", Alpenglow Expeditions said in a statement.
For the benefit of those who do not know, it's worth noting that a malfunction between the bottle and mask and ensuing sudden lack of O2 can be extremely risky for those who are not acclimatised to those altitudes without supplemental oxygen. Air at the top of Everest contains less than a third of the oxygen at sea level.
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