KATHMANDU: Veteran Sherpa guide Kami Rita Sherpa was welcomed by his family, friends and supporters upon his return to Kathmandu on Saturday, days after his record 24th climb of Mount Everest.

Kami Rita reached Everest’s 8,850-meter peak last Tuesday, the second time he had climbed to the summit in a week. He also reached the top of the world’s highest peak on May 15, then returned to base camp before climbing again this past week.

There were 381 climbers permitted to scale Everest during the spring climbing season.

About half a dozen climbers died this past week, most of them while descending from the summit during only a few windows of good weather each May. Among the latest fatalities was British climber Robin Haynes Fisher.

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.