Ang Rita Sherpa, the first climber Mount Everest 10 times, he died after a long illness, his family said, adding that it was a great loss to Nepal and the climbing community.
Between 1983 and 1996, all the climbs to the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit of the world’s highest mountain were made without a bottle of oxygen, like many sherpas that Ang Rita went by his first name. He was one of the first Sherpa guides to achieve international fame for his achievements.
The 72-year-old, who suffered from chronic brain and liver disease, died at his home in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, on Monday, his grandson Burba Shering told Reuters.
Ang Rita was also known as the “Snow Leopard” for his climbing skills.
“He is a rising star and his death is a great loss to the country and the ascending brotherhood,” said former President of Nepal Ang Shering Sherpa. Mountaineering Association.
The body will be placed at the Sherpa Gompa or Sacred Site in Kathmandu and cremated on Wednesday according to Sherpa tradition, Ang Shering said.
Since then many climbers have surpassed Ang Rita’s record, with one member of the community setting a record of 24 climbs.
He has a daughter and two sons.