KATHMANDU, Nepal ( Associated Press) — Hundreds of climbers who climbed Everest taking advantage of favorable weather in recent days have started their return from the Himalayan mountain.
Among them are several who set records on the world’s highest peak, including the first Ukrainian woman to reach its summit.
A Nepalese Sherpa broke her own record by climbing 8,849 meters (29,032 feet) for the 10th time, a first for a woman on Everest. Lakpa Sherpa, 48, said her next goal is to climb K2, the world’s second highest mountain, in Pakistan.
“The K2 season starts very soon,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
Sherpa, who lives with her three children in West Hartford, Connecticut, began her career carrying equipment and supplies for other hikers.
Britain’s Kenton Cool broke the ascent record for a non-Nepali climber with his 16th ascent, while Sherpa Kami Rita cemented his record as all-time record holder by completing his 26th summit earlier this month.
Samoilova said she hoped her achievement would help draw more attention to the war in her country.
“My main message for the promotion was to draw the attention of all countries and governments (…) so that they are aware that in Ukraine we are still at war and that the Ukrainian people continue to fight for their freedom and for their future” , he claimed. “We need help from everywhere.”
Hundreds of foreign climbers and a similar number of Sherpa guides are trying to climb Everest this month, when weather conditions in the Himalayan peaks are more favourable.