Sherpa guide who climbed Ever­est 10 times cre­mated in Nepal

Malta Independent - - World -

Hun­dreds of gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, moun­taineers, fel­low Sherpa guides and sup­port­ers gath­ered in Nepal on Wed­nes­day to mourn the vet­eran guide who was the first per­son to climb Mount Ever­est 10 times.

The body of Ang Rita was cre­mated Wed­nes­day ac­cord­ing to Bud­dhist rituals two days af­ter he died. He was 72 and had been ill with liver and brain dis­eases for months.

The body wrapped in Bud­dhist flags, flow­ers and cream scarf was taken on a dec­o­rated truck from the Sherpa Monastery in the out­skirts of Kath­mandu to cre­ma­tion grounds in the heart of the city.

Hun­dreds lined up at the monastery to pay their last re­spects, cov­er­ing the body with the scarf and flow­ers. Among them was Nepal’s tourism min­is­ter Yo­gesh Bhat­tarai.

“This is an ir­re­place­able loss to not just Nepal but also for the en­tire moun­taineer­ing com­mu­nity. He has been the rea­son for Nepalese moun­taineers get­ting recog­ni­tion around the world,” said Tika Ram Gu­rung of the Nepal Moun­taineer­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, the um­brella body of Nepalese climbers and guides.

Ang Rita was a na­tional hero known as the “snow leop­ard” and was among the first Sherpa guides in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized for his moun­taineer­ing ac­com­plish­ments. He strug­gled with his health and had not climbed since set­ting the Ever­est record in 1996.

Sev­eral moun­taineers have sur­passed his record since. Kami Rita, who is not re­lated, has scaled the world’s high­est moun­tain 24 times.

Ang Rita is sur­vived by a daugh­ter and two sons.

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