By A Staff Reporter Kathmandu, Apr. 13: Lhakpa Sherpa is set to break her own record and climb Mount Everest for the 10th time. Sherpa, who already holds the record for the highest number of successful Everest ascents by a woman, arrived in Kathmandu from the United States of America on Friday and was feted by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) on Monday. The Association wished her the best for her attempt at scaling the world’s tallest mountain a historic 10th time and handed her an NMA flag to hoist at the top.
Born in the then Makalu Village Development Committee (now part of Makalu Rural Municipality), 48-year-old Sherpa first climbed Everest from the Nepal side in 2000. After that, all her other attempts were made from the Chinese side and this year will be her second time scaling the mountain from Nepal.
This year though, she has something special planned. “I will follow the original style of climbing that Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary had followed during the very first ascent of Mount Everest,” she shared.
That means that she will first travel to Salleri, Solukhumbu and then trek to the Everest basecamp with a team of porters. Sherpa also said that she wanted to dedicate her climb to the cause of women empowerment. “Nepali women are hardworking and can do anything they want,” she said.