Sherpa to climb Everest for 20th time


Kathmandu: A 49-year-old Nepalese Sherpa guide, who holds the record for the most conquests of Mount Everest, will make his 20th climb               this spring and scatter the ashes of Edmund Hillary, one of the first men to reach the top nearly six decades ago.
Apa, who like most Sherpas goes by one name, first climbed the 29,035-foot (8,850-meter) mountain in 1989 and has repeated the feat almost every year since. His closest rival is fellow Sherpa guide Chhewang Nima, who has made 15 trips to the summit.
Apa announced on April 1 his intention to make his 20th ascent in May.
Apa, who moved to the United States in 2006 and lives in the Salt Lake City suburb of Draper, said he would scatter the ashes of Hillary at the summit. Hillary conquered Everest in 1953 with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. He died in 2008 in his native New Zealand.
“I will pray for Hillary once I reach the summit,” Apa told reporters in Kathmandu.

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