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Two Sherpas break Everest summit records

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Two Nepali Sherpas broke their own world records for the most Everest summits by a man and a woman Wednesday, reaching the world's highest peak for a 22nd and ninth time respectively.

Kami Rita Sherpa, a professional guide, and Lhakpa Sherpa, who works in a supermarket in Connecticut, reached the summit from opposite sides of the 8,848 meter (29,030 feet) mountain.

Kami Rita, 48, was one of six sherpas who took seven clients to the summit from the Nepali side, Mingma Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks, who organized the expedition, told AFP.

A guide for more than two decades, he broke the previous record of 21 summits that he shared with two other Sherpas. Kami Rita first reached the top of Everest in 1994 when working for a commercial expedition.I did not start climbing to set a world record, he told AFP last month.

-AFP, Kathmandu

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