- Kami Rita Sherpa
- 28 total number
- Nepal ()
At 9:20 a.m. on 23 May 2023, mountain guide Kami Rita Sherpa, aka "Topke" (Nepal, b. 17 January 1970), successfully summitted Everest (aka Sagarmāthā; Chomolungma) for the 28th time in his mountaineering career. He reached the summit via the traditional south-east ridge route while guiding clients for Seven Summit Treks.
At 8,848.86 m (29,032 ft) above sea level, Everest is the highest mountain on Earth. In 2020, a joint initiative by Chinese and Nepalese land surveyors announced that Everest's height had grown from the 8,848 m (29,029 ft) elevation that had been logged by the Survey of India in 1954.
Kami Rita completed his first climb of Everest on 13 May 1994, aged 24, and has scaled it nearly every year since, when it has been permitted. In 2020, the south side in Nepal was closed to climbers owing to the coronavirus pandemic; a partial reopening in 2021 enabled him to achieve his 25th summit on 7 May 2021.
Kami Rita completed his 27th climb of Everest just six days earlier on 17 May 2023. For one day, 22 May, he shared the record with fellow guide Pasang Dawa Sherpa (Nepal), after he completed his 27th summit of Everest.
The first people to top Everest were New Zealand's Edmund Hillary and Nepali Sherpa Tenzing Norgay (b. Tibet, China) on 29 May 1953.