Who Has Summited Mount Everest More Times Than Any Other Person?

The summit of Mount Everest.
The summit of Mount Everest.

Mount Everest is the world’s highest mountain with its peak at 29,029 feet. Mount Everest has attracted the attention of many explorers, both in past and present generation. Climbing routes have been established over several decades of the mountain’s climbing expedition. It is not clear whether the mountain was climbed in the ancient times. However, it may have been climbed in 1924. The first recorded summitting of Mount Everest occurred in 1953 and by 1987, only 200 people had summitted the mountain. By 2012, the mountain had been summitted over 5,650 times with about 223 deaths. Some of the people who have summitted Mount Everest the greatest number of times include:

Apa Sherpa

Apa Sherpa is a Nepalese mountaineer who holds the record alongside Phurba Tashi for having visited the top of Mount Everest more than any other climber. He made his 21st summit in 2011 as part of the Eco Everest Expedition. Apa was born in Thame in the Everest region of Nepal in 1960. After four attempts, he reached the summit of Mount Everest for the first time on May 10, 1990, together with a team from New Zealand that was led by Rob Hall. He began his work as a Sherpa for high altitude expedition in 1990 and made it to the top every year between 1990 and 2011 except for 1996 and 2001. All of his ascents except three have been in the month of May.

Phurba Tashi Sherpa

Phurba Tashi Sherpa is known for jointly holding the record for the most ascents of Mount Everest. He also holds the record for most total ascents of 30 including 21 ascents on Mount Everest, 5 on Cho Oyu, and one on both Lhotse and Shishapangma. He reached the summit of Mount Everest for the 21st time on May 21, 2013, and summitted the mountain three times in 2007. Tashi is the key figure in the 2015 documentary which highlights the events of the 2014 Mount Everest ice avalanches. He has retired from mountaineering and currently stays in Khumjung, Nepal.

Ang Dorje Sherpa

Ang Dorje is a Nepali mountaineering guide and climber who has summitted Mount Everest 18 times. He is well known for the expedition to the Everest in the spring of 1996 when a freak storm led to the death of eight people from several expeditions which are considered as the most disastrous in the history of the Everest mountaineering. He reached the summit of Everest for the 18th time in 2016 having ascended the mountain for the first time in 1992. He has also ascended Cho Oyu seven times since 1995 and has also ascended several other mountains including Broad Peak, Gasherbrum II, and Ama Dablam.

Dave Hahn

Dave Hahn is a mountain guide and a journalist who also lectures in a university in Japan. He has summitted Mount Everest the most number of times than any non-Sherpa climber having reached the summit 15 times. He reached the summit for the 15th time in May 2013 having summitted Mount Everest for the first time in 1994. His other accomplishments include summitting Vinson Massif 35 times and reaching the summit of Denali 21 times over the course of 30 expeditions.

Who Summited Mount Everest More Times Than Any Other Person?

RankNumber Of Times SummitedAchieverNation
121Apa Sherpa Nepal
221Phurba Tashi Sherpa Nepal
319Chhewang Nima Nepal
419Kami Rita Sherpa Nepal
519Mingma Tsiri Sherpa Nepal
618Ang Dorje Sherpa Nepal
717Lakpa Rita Sherpa Nepal
816Nima Gombu Sherpa Nepal
915Dave Hahn United States
1015Kame Sherpa Nepal
1112Chhiring Dorje Sherpa Nepal
1212Kenton Cool United Kingdom
1310Tashi Tshering Nepal
1411Guillermo "Willie" Benegas Argentina
1510Ang Rita Sherpa Nepal
1610Babu Chiri Sherpa Nepal
1710Panuru Sherpa Nepal
1810Karsang Namgyal Sherpa Nepal
1910Namgyal Sherpa Nepal
2010Vern Tejas United States

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