- HB Kham
Is it not wonderful to know that a man who is in his eighties suddenly musters up his guts and scrambles up towards snowy trails of Mt. Everest base camp and after days of trudging icy trails finds himself on the top of the highest peak and suddenly creates a world record in his name and returns home in a prideful manner?
Where does such stamina, energy and enthusiasm and vision emanate from? What entails such a phenomenon to occur? This is the season to climb the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest. In this season two world records were set. One record was set by mountaineer Mingma Dorchi Sherpa who became the fastest mountaineer to summit Everest in the lowest time.
The second world record was created by Everest summiteer Kami Rita Sherpa who climbed Everest for 24 times and created his own sole record in this season only.
So, in this article, you will be kept abreast of a few of the world records related to Everest that might be interesting to know and discuss among our peers, no matter how old we are for the simple reason that it matters all ages.
Above all this, some of the mountaineers from abroad are reported to have deliberately gone astray beyond the fixed trekking trails to breath their last at Everest regions under the impression that one who dies at this height will automatically go to heaven. So, why not peek into some of these facts in the given text below.
The first man to climb Everest
On May 29, 19 53, Edmund Hillary from New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa guide from Nepal became the first climbers to scale Everest.
Hillary even today continues to come to Nepal now and then and funds community activities while Tenzing has settled in the Indian district of Darjeeling and continues to train mountaineers.
First Woman to Summit Everest
World’s first woman to succeed in summiting Everest was Japanese Junko Tabei on May 16, 1975. She was 35 years old at the time of the summit. She died at the age of 77.
Person to scale Everest for the highest time
A Nepali native Sherpa guide Kami Rita Sherpa (49 years) becomes the world’s first climber to summit Everest for the highest times by climbing Everest for 24 times in a series of his recurrent ascent of Everest since 1994.
He has summited Everest two times in 2019 with his latest summit on May 20, 2019, that paved the way for his sing world record of climbing the highest peak 24 times. Kami is also expected to climb Everest for the next 25th times in the year 20120.
Youngest Person to Climb Everest
The first youngest person to climb Everest was 13 years, 10 months and 10 days old American citizen named Jordan Romeo, who summited Everest on May 22, 2010.
He climbed the world’s highest peak from the Tibetan side as the Nepal government did not give him permission to climb due to his underage.
Incidentally, soon after Jordan’s ascent of Everest, China issued a regulation that bans any child below 16 to scale Everest.
It means Jordan’s world record will remain unbroken for quite a long time in the future. You should not be surprised to hear that Jordan has earned the credits of having completed at least 7 summits including Everest at such a young age.
Youngest Girl to Climb Everest
The youngest girl of tribal origin to reach atop Mt. Everest (Chomolungma or Sagarmatha) is an Indian girl named Malavath Poorna, who is just 13 years and 11 months old.
Purna had climbed Everest on May 25, 2014. She hails from the Indian state of Telangana. She says, “I want to make India and Telangana be proud by becoming the youngest tribal women to scale seven tallest peaks across the seven continents.”
Oldest Person to summit Everest
Yuichiro Miura, (80 years 224 days old) from Japan was the oldest person to climb atop Everest on 23 May 2013 who replaced the earlier Guianese Book of World record set by Min Bahadur Sherchan of Nepal, at the age of 76 years on November 23, 2009. Miura is not only a veteran mountaineer but also a politician in his country.
Oldest Women to Climb Everest.
Tamae Watanabe (73 years) is the world’s oldest Japanese woman mountaineer, who set the world record of having scaled Everest at the oldest age by breaking her own previous record. She is a public office employee in Kanagawa Prefecture.
First blind man to scale Everest
Erik Weihenmayer from the USA became the world’s first blind man to climb Everest on May 25, 2001. He is an American actor, author, adventurer, motivational speaker and activist beside being a mountaineer. He inspires and invokes a strong emotional intelligence in all persons.
Most summits by a Foreigner
Dave Hahn -an American citizen earns his reputation as the first person to make the most summits of Everest as a foreigner. He has summited Everest 15 times.
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