As hundreds of foreign climbers acclimatize and prepare to follow fixed ropes to the top of the world’s highest mountain, news has come in that 12 Sherpas have become the first to reach the summit of Everest in 2021. In 2020, only one team reached the top of Everest, a Chinese surveying team measuring the height of the peak.
Kami Rita Sherpa reached the summit for a record 25 times, his first was back in 1994. The top climber has also climbed Cho Oyu eight times, Manaslu three times, Lhotse and K2.
The 12 Sherpa were working for Seven Summit Treks. They are: Kami Rita Sherpa, Phurtenzi Sherpa, Lakpa Nurbu Sherpa, Ngima Tashi Sherpa, Mingma Tenji Sherpa, Fura Tshering Sherpa, Tenjing Sherpa, Chheten Dorjee Sherpa, enjing Gyaljen Sherpa, Phurba Chhotar Sherpa, Mingma Dorchi Sherpa and Furba Kusang Sherpa. Dawa Temba Sherpa did not summit, but helped to fix ropes. After fixing ropes from the South Col at 8,000 metres, they summited at 6 p.m.
Nepal has set in place rules that say climbers must summit in the order of when the permits were issues, from first to last. The first permit went to the Bahrain Royal Guards who are first in line after the Sherpas, but it’s unknown if the other teams will be climbing in any sort of order.