Nepalese veteran Sherpa guide Kami Rita, 49, is welcomed by his wife at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, May 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
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Family, friends and supporters welcomed a veteran Sherpa guide upon his return to Nepal's capital Saturday, days after his 24th climb of Mount Everest extended his record.Rita reached Everest's 8,850-meter peak on Tuesday, the second time he had climbed to the summit in a week.Rita first scaled Everest in 1994 and has been making the trip nearly every year since.His father was among the first Sherpa guides employed to help climbers reach the summit, and Rita followed in his footsteps and then some. In addition to his two dozen summits of Everest, Rita has scaled some of the other highest mountains, including K-2, Cho-Oyu, Manaslu and Lhotse.
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