Notable World Records on the Mountains this Spring 2011:
Apa Sherpa, reached the summit of Mt. Everest for the 21st time – a new world record on 11 May, 2011.
Phurba Tashi Sherpa with 28 ascents to 8000m peaks is now the person with the most number of ascents to the top of 8000m peaks. He has climbed Mt. Everest 19 Times (Second to Apa Sherpa), Mt. Cho Oyu 5 times, Mt. Manaslu 2 times, Mt. Shishapagma once and Mt.Lhotse once.
Swiss Speed Climber Ueli Steck became the record holder for fastest ascent of Mt. Shishapangma (10hrs 30mins ). He reached the Summit of Mt. Shishapangma (8027m) via the South Face Route on 17th April.
American Charlie Wittmack, reached the top of Mt. Everest and became the first person to complete the World Triathlon– an 8,000-mile race from the English Channel to Mount Everest, which the BBC has called “the toughest human endurance event ever conceived”. He accomplished his trip to Nepal by swimming over the Thames river in England & the English Channel and cycling all the way to Tibet from Calais in France.
Chhurim Dolma Sherpa (27yrs) of Nepal became the first Woman to summit Mt. Everest twice in one climbing season (12 May and 19 May).
Carlos Soria (72yrs) of Spain is the oldest person to summit Mt. Lhotse. He reached the top of Mt. Lhose on 21 May.
Arjun Vajpai (17 yrs 11mths) from India became the youngest mountaineer to summit Mt. Lhotse.
Apa Sherpa, who recently scaled Mount Everest (8848m) for the record 21st time, has declared that this year’s ascent to the world’s tallest mountain is going to be his last one. Apa who is 51 years old led the Eco Everest Expedition 2011 this season with the mission to spread awareness on climate change and its adverse impact on the Himalayan Mountains. His team collected and disposed 1,100 kg of trash littered on the highest climbing trails of the world.
Talking to media persons in the capital Apa Sherpa disclosed his decision to bid goodbye to future Everest ascents. He said that he would devote his time in writing a memoir about his climbing experiences and mountaineering and raise awareness on protecting the mountain environment.
Apa Sherpa summitted Mt.Everest for the 20th time in the early hours of 22nd May 2010.Climbing with the team of Eco Everest Expedition 2010, Apa’s mission has been to raise awareness about the adverse effects of climate change and to campaign for better educational facilities in Khumbu region. Apa’s first Everest summit was in the year 1990.He remains the only climber in the world with the maximum number of Everest summits.
The meeting & handling was good. Kisan was polite & helpful. Gopal & the other guides were excellent, knowledgeable and helped us all through the trek.