Apa Sherpa’s new Everest record: summit number 18.

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Apa Sherpa reached the summit of Everest for a record 18th time at 5:45 am on May 22. Ang Mingma Sherpa of Thame village was with him, reports Ang Tshering.

Check out a previous ExWeb special story on this subject “Everest: Who will be the first climber to summit 20 times?” . The current Everest summit record status is (courtesy Rodrigo Granzotto Peron):apa-sherpa.jpg

Apa: 18
Chuwang Nima: 14
Lhakpa Gelu: 13
Phurba Tashi: 13
Big Dorje: 13
Nga Temba: 12
Mingma Tshering: 2
Nima Gombu: 12

Apa had no plans to make an 18th attempt this year until he heard about the Eco-Everest Expedition formed by Dawa Steven. The Eco-Everest expedition was created to study the effect of global warming on the glaciers of the Himalayas and to educate the people of the Himalayan highlands about the dangers of flooding due to increasing melt water.

Eco Everest near traverse double header

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The Eco Everest expedition summited Lhotse yesterday at 8:35 am. They stayed on the summit for nearly 45 minutes. Dawa Steven plans to descend to Camp II, rest, and then attempt the summit of Mt. Everest with fellow team members of the Eco Everest Expedition.

International Lhotse Expedition 2008 Summitters:

Dawa Steven Sherpa (Nepal), Stuart G. Smith (US), David Liano Gonjalez (Mexico), Nima Kanchha Sherpa (Nepal), Pemba Tshering Sherpa (Nepal), Palden Nyange Sherpa (Nepal).

Dawa Steven reached the summit of Cho Oyu from the north side in Autumn 2006, and the summit of Everest in Spring 2007.

The International Lhotse Expedtion 2008 is organized by Asian Trekking.

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Sherpa summits Everest for record 18th time

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A mountaineering official says a veteran Sherpa guide has scaled Mount Everest for a record 18th time.

Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association says Appa reached the 29,035-foot summit along with several of his team members early Thursday.

Appa — like most Sherpas — goes by only one name.

As many as 59 climbers have scaled the world’s highest peak in the last three days and many more are headed to the summit because of favorable weather conditions.

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