'Super Sherpa' in record climb

KATHMANDU, May 22 (AFP) - A Nepalese Sherpa climbed Mount Everest for the 20th time early Tuesday, beating his own world record, an official said.

Apa Sherpa, 50, reached the summit of world's highest peak on Saturday morning, a spokesman for the tourism ministry said.

“He reached the top of Everest this morning. He is in sound health and is now heading back to base camp after spending around half an hour on the summit,” Laxman Bhattarai told AFP.

Sherpa, who first scaled Everest in 1990 and has been dubbed the “super Sherpa” for the apparent ease with which he climbs the mountain, dedicated his latest expedition to the impact of climate change on the Himalayas.

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