Thought climbing Everest was a once in a lifetime feat? Local Nepalese Sherpa, Kami Rita Sherpa has made history by making it to the peak twice in a week, marking a record-breaking 24 ascents.
Kami Rita Sherpa works as a guide, helping people to achieve their dream to scale Everest. At age 49 he has led a number of groups up the mountain, all the while continuing to practise his cultural connection to the mountain.
Sherpas are essential for most Everest summits and make the climb possible, by preparing the route, installing ladders and fixed lines, and carrying up the heavy supplies needed to summit. Kami Rita Sherpa is no exception and has worked as a guide since 1994 and plans to conquer the mountain one more time before retiring.
However, amid this incredible achievement comes mounting concern about the traffic on the mountain.
A Victim Of Its Own Popularity
Climbing to the summit of Everest is one of the key symbols of exploration and achievement in the modern world – it’s on the bucket list for many and is a huge contributor to Nepal’s tourism industry.
Despite being a tough, gruelling and inherently dangerous climb (there have been 11 deaths this season) and the requirements for a high level of fitness, months of preparation and lots of cash, the number of people wanting to make it to the top is only growing.
Everest is reportedly becoming dangerously overcrowded. Shocking photos have emerged of queues of people making their way to the summit, with this season’s record high death toll being partly attributed to the fact that there are just too many people on the mountain – leading to queues in the death zone (above 8000m).
Overcrowding in certain spots, whether due to Instagram or mismanagement, is increasingly becoming a problem, with devastating impacts on people and the environment. It’s worth questioning our desire to travel to the biggest, best or most beautiful places, when this attitude is having such drastic impacts.
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