Hundreds of Everest climbers begin to return from the summit

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KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Hundreds of climbers who have scaled Mount Everest over the past few days taking advantage of favorable weather conditions have begun their safe descent from the mountain.

Among them are mountaineers who have set records on the world’s highest peak, including the first Ukrainian to climb Mount Everest.

A Nepalese Sherpa broke her own record by reaching the 8,849-meter (29,032ft) summit for the 10th time – the most times a woman has climbed Mount Everest. Lakpa Sherpa, 48, said she next plans to climb the world’s second highest peak, K2 in Pakistan.


“K2 season is coming very soon,” she told reporters on Tuesday.

Sherpa, who lives in the United States with her three children in West Hartford, Connecticut, began her climbing career carrying gear and supplies for fellow hikers.

British mountaineer Kenton Cool, who climbed Everest for the 16th time, set the record for the most Everest summits by a non-Nepali climber. Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Kami Rita holds the record with 26 summits after breaking his own record earlier this month.

Ukrainian mountaineer Antonina Samoilova said she hoped her achievement would bring more attention to the war in her country.

“My main message for the ascension was to draw the attention of all countries and governments of countries to the fact that in Ukraine we still have war and the Ukrainian people are still fighting for their freedom for their future “, she said. “We need help from all sides.”

Hundreds of foreign climbers and an equal number of Sherpa guides had signed up to attempt the ascent of Everest this month, when weather conditions in the Himalayan peaks are most favourable.

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