Apaaka Super Sherpa scaled the highest peak of the world ‘Mount Everest’ for the 21st time in May. With his 21st successful scaling of the peak, Sherpa broke his own record.
Sherpa, 51, has scaled the peak more than any other climber. However, he stated that climbing to the apex of the 8,848-metre high Mount Everest is not easy. He also added that his sentiments are the same as his first scaling of the same peak in 1990.
"Everest is not easy. It's never easy," said Mr Sherpa. "The risks are just unquestionable."
Sherpa holds the record of climbing Mount Everest every year except 1996 and 2001 since the beginning of his mountaineering career.
Sherpa has announced end of his mountaineering career after twenty years since he started.
"My family is always worried," said Sherpa. "When I started climbing, it was to support my family," he added.
Born in Thame village situated at the foothills of Mount Everest, Sherpa took responsibility of looking after his family following the death of his father when the former was still a child. Circumstances forced him to leave school and work as a porter for foreign climbers who would erect their camps in the village and go out to scale the highest peak of the world.
Sherpa’s first climbed the peak as a porter with a climber’s team from South Korea in 1988; however, he could not scale it beyond 8,500 meters.
He succeeded in 1990, on his fourth attempt, in scaling the peak.
"The first time I was atop Everest, it felt like heaven," Sherpa said. But he quickly added that Everest is a mix of good, bad and ugly experiences. Luck is very important. You need to be lucky," he added.