(This story from May 16 corrects the name in the second part of Kami Rita Sherpa, not Ang Kami Sherpa)
By Gopal Sharma
KATHMANDU (Reuters) ̵
Kami Rita Sherpa's 22nd Climb to the Summit Set a New Record for Most Visits to the Everest Summit
The 48-year-old reached the 8,850-meter summit via the Southeast Ridge route, accompanied by 13 other climbers, including its customers, said the representative of the Ministry of Tourism, Gyanendra Shrestha, from the base camp.  His last ascent brought him to a summit free of two Sherpa colleagues with whom he had shared the record.
"He set the world record," said Mingma Sherpa, chairman of Seven Summit Treks, which employs Kami.  Kami started his descent and is expected Shrestha told Reuters that he would reach the base camp.
The route taken on the ascent was the first climber to reach the summit in 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay of New Zealand.
A 44-year-old woman, Lhakpa Sherpa, who lives in Connecticut in the United States, reached the top for the ninth time and broke her own records of most summits by a woman, her Nepalese traveling company said.
Lhakpa, who rose from the Tibetan side of the mountain, was accompanied by a leader during the ascent, said Rajiv Shrestha of the Seven Summit Club, which organized their expedition.
The climbing season for runs from March to May and hundreds of mountaineers are on Everest, trying to get to the top of both the Nepalese and Tibetan sides.
Ethnic Sherpas, known for their stamina and high altitude experience, serve as a guide to many foreign climbers trying to scale the highest peaks in the Himalayas. 19659014] (Reporting by Gopal Sharma, adaptation by Sanjeev Miglani and Toby Chopra)