Dear Readers

A young Nepali Sherpa climber has become the world’s first woman to scale Mount Everest twice in a week, Guinness World Records has confirmed today!

(Mount Everest has been climbed by about 4,000 climbers since it was first scaled by New Zealand beekeeper Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953.)

Chhurim Sherpa, 29, climbed to the 8,850 metre (29,035 feet) Everest summit on May 12 of last year with a group of American and Canadian climbers!

Chhurim, who hails from the Solukhumbu region in northeastern Nepal,  returned to the base camp for some rest after her first ascent, only to head back up the peak a few days later when she realized she had left her purse on the summit!

 “It was difficult and hard while climbing up a second time, but once I reached the top everything was fine,” she said.

Apa Sherpa, a Nepali climber who lives in the United States, holds the record of 21 ascents of Mount Everest.