A veteran Nepalese Sherpa guide who had been the first man to scale Mount Everest 10 times has died at age 72 after a lengthy illness, relatives said.
Ang Rita, one of the very first Sherpa guides to get international fame because of his achievements, had suffered from health problems for several years and hadn’t climbed any mountains considering placing the Everest album in 1996.
His daughter, Dolma Lhamo, stated he died in his sleep Monday in their house on the outskirts of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu.
Ang Rita was a national hero called the”snow leopard” but struggled financially along with his health, such as liver disease and swelling of the mind.
He had been in poor health at his residence in his mountain village in 1999 when his buddy, former Nepal Mountaineering Association President Ang Tshering, hired a helicopter and flew him to a hospital in Kathmandu for treatment.
He had been hospitalized again for weeks in 2017 because of continuing swelling of the mind. The reason for death wasn’t disclosed.
Sherpa is a cultural group in the northeast region, a lot of whom function as guides or service employees for foreign climbers.
They carry supplies and equipment and dig paths from the ice and snow to help their customers reach the summit, often with very little comprehension.
Since Ang Rita put his album on the planet’s highest summit, many mountaineers have surpassed it. Kami Rita, who isn’t related, has climbed the 8,850-meter (29,0235-foot) summit 24 times.
Ang Rita is survived by a daughter and two sons.