Everest record holder returns to Utah after 17th summit | SummitDaily.com

Everest record holder returns to Utah after 17th summit

SALT LAKE CITY ” The man who holds the record for reaching the summit of Mount Everest returned to his new home Wednesday, two weeks after climbing to the top for the 17th time.

“I feel like in Nepal _ all the mountains surrounding here,” Apa Sherpa joked at Salt Lake City International Airport, near the Wasatch Mountains.

Apa Sherpa and Lhapka Sherpa, recent transplants to Utah from Nepal, climbed to the 29,035-foot summit with six other people, including two cameramen who were filming a documentary to raise money for children of Nepalese mountain guides.

Apa Sherpa, 46, grew up in the foothills of Everest and began carrying equipment and supplies for trekkers and mountaineers at an early age. He made his first summit in 1989.

He and his wife and three children moved to Utah in 2006.

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