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Updated: May 11, 2011 12:24 IST

Nepalese Sherpa climbs Everest for 21st time

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Mount Everest (in the background), seen from Everest Base camp, Nepal. File photo
AP Mount Everest (in the background), seen from Everest Base camp, Nepal. File photo

An official says a Nepalese Sherpa guide has broken his own record for most climbs of Mount Everest by scaling the world’s tallest peak for the 21st time.

Apa reached the 29,035-foot (8,850—meter) summit on Wednesday. He is leading an environmental expedition that plans to carry down tons of garbage left behind by past climbers.

Apa uses only one name, as many in the Himalayas’ Sherpa community do.

A government mountaineering official stationed at the base camp, Tilak Pandey, said favourable weather allowed Apa to reach the summit Wednesday morning along with a few other climbers.

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