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Top Records

*First Ascent:
1953, Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand, and Tenzing Norgay, Nepal, via the South Col Route. Neither has ever said who stepped on the summit first.

*Fastest Ascent:
October 17, 1998, Kagzi Sherpa of Nepal climbed Everest in 20 hours 24 minutes to break Frenchman Mark Batard's longstanding mountaineering record set in October 1990 when Batard did it in 22 hours 29 minutes.

*Most Summits:
10 summits by Ang Rita Sherpa of the Solu-Khumbu region of Nepal. On May 26, 1999, Apa Sherpa of Nepal reached the summit at 11am and tied Ang Rita's record.

*Longest Time Spent on the Summit:
on May 7th, 1999, Babu Chirri Sherpa of Nepal set a new record by spending 21 hours on the summit without oxygen.

*Youngest Summitter:
Shambu Tamang of Nepal, 16, reached the summit on May 5, 1975.

*Oldest Summitter:
Lev Sarkisov (12/2/38) of Georgia reached the summit on May 12, 1999. At 60 years and 161 days old, he beat Spaniard Ramon Blanco's record by one day.

*First Oxygenless Ascent:
1978, Reinhold Messner, of Italy, and Peter Habeler, of Austria, via the Southeast Ridge. First Solo Ascent: 1980, Reinhold Messner via the North Col to the North Face.

*First Ascent by a Woman:
1975, Junko Tabei, of Japan, via the Southeast Ridge.


*In 1954, one mountaineer from the Franch Team reached Makaru at an altitude of 7640 meters. Another French made it in 1980. In 1970, a Jappanese Team of 2 persons sumounted the southeast peak at an altitude of 8010 meters. In May, 1955, for the first time in human history, a French Team of 9 persons including a man called J.Couzy climbed over the saddle of the Northwest Ridge after following the Bakang Glacier in Nepal and came to the summit along the northwest slope in China.