KATHMANDU, Nepal - Mingma Gyalje Sherpa, a well-known Nepali climber, successfully climbed Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen on Monday morning.
"I reached the top of the world for the sixth time today." But this time, Sherpa, an IFMGA/UIAGM certified guide, informed the press via satellite phone that he reached the summit "without using bottled oxygen."
With today's summit, Sherpa had completed his 13th 8000er without the use of bottled oxygen. Only Shishapangma in Tibet remains for him to complete the 14 peaks and become the first Nepali climber to do so in Nepal's climbing history.
Mingma had climbed Mt. Everest in 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2016, but he had used bottled oxygen while on top of the world's highest peak.
"Sherpa has already become the first Nepali climber to make the most ascents of 8,000-meter peaks without using supplemental oxygen," said a tourism official.