Himalayan News Service
Kathmandu, June 7:
In another record-breaking spree, Lakpa Sherpa, has become the first woman to scale the worldâ€™s highest peak five times. She broke her own record on June 2 by reaching the top from the North Face, Tibet. Lakpa who currently lives in the US said: â€œMountaineering is a sport for me, Iâ€™m physically fit and I will come back next year to attempt to scale the Everest.â€ She said this at a felicitation programme of mountaineers organised by the Asian Trekking and Tours here today. She said she hasnâ€™t thought about climbing all the 14 eight-thousanders but plans to continue climbing the Everest. According to her, Nepalis should continue creating records in the mountaineering arena. â€œAlthough I live in the US, I am a Nepali citizen and I will always retain my Nepali citizenship,â€ she said. Apa, on the other hand, said that he was not sure if he would climb again.â€
The Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) president, Ang Tsering Sherpa, today felicitated Apa Sherpa who holds a record number of ascents of the worldâ€™s highest peak, Lakpa, the five times Everest summiteer, George Dijmarescu, the seven times summiteer, among other mountaineers. Ang Tsering Sherpa said that he was honoured to felicitate both the record- holders at the same time. â€œWhen Lakpa approached me in 1998 with her climbing intentions, I never thought she would become a record-holder. She finally climbed the Everest in 2000 and there is no looking back,â€ he said.