A Nepali sherpa guide named Pasang Dawa Sherpa has climbed Mount Everest for the 26th time, becoming the second person in the world to achieve this feat. He reached the top with a Hungarian client and is now descending. Another sherpa named Kami Rita Sherpa is also climbing Everest currently and could set another record if he reaches the top. A Pakistani woman named Naila Kiani also climbed the peak on Sunday, but this has not been independently verified as many climbers are now headed for the peak. Nepal has issued a record of 467 permits this year for foreign climbers seeking to reach the summit of Everest.
Sherpas are known for their climbing skills and make a living by guiding foreign clients in the mountains. Each climber is usually accompanied by at least one sherpa guide, which has raised concerns about crowding in a narrow section below the summit known as the Hillary Step. Everest has been climbed more than 11,000 times since it was first scaled in 1953, with about 320 people dying in the effort.