Everest Climber Reaches Summit for 17th Time

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Apa Sherpa broke his own record this week by reaching the summit of Mt. Everest for the 17th time.


This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm John Ydstie.

(Soundbite of music)

This week, Appa Sherpa broke his own record when he reached the summit of Mt. Everest for the 17th time. His closest competitor has summited(ph) 14 times. Leading an all-Sherpa team called Super Sherpas, Appa gained the summit at 29,035 feet as part of a charity climb. Money raised will go toward an education and health care fund for the children of the Nepalese mountain guides.

Also on the team was Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa who holds the record for the speediest ascent of Everest. In 2003, Lhakpa made it from base camp to the top in 10 hours and 56 minutes. When you hear about these records, it's perhaps easy to forget the dangerous inherent in climbing the world's tallest peak.

But as Appa and Lhakpa were on their way down to base camp, they were reminded. The Sherpas were asked to help in the recovery of two bodies, a pair of Korean climbers, who had died in their tent when it was boned(ph) down the southwest phase of the mountain.

Copyright © 2007 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from