Kami Rita first scaled Everest at age 24, and has made the trip almost every year since then. He has also climbed many of the region’s other high peaks, including K-2, Cho-Oyu, Manaslu and Lhotse. In the autumn, he guides clients to smaller peaks in Nepal.
Apa, a 58-year-old guide who uses only one name, retired in 2011 and moved to Utah. Phurba Tashi, 47, retired from high-altitude climbing in 2013 but still works at Everest’s Base Camp, helping organize expeditions.
Dozens of climbers were expected to scale the top on Wednesday, taking advantage of the good weather on the mountain, according to Shrestha.
The route to the summit was opened up by a team of Sherpa guides earlier this week.
More than 340 foreign climbers along with several of their local guides are attempting to climb Everest this month.