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Sherpa breaks own Everest record
Mount Everest
Lure of Mount Everest is too strong for Appa
A veteran Nepalese sherpa has broken his own world record by climbing Mount Everest for a 14th time.

Appa Sherpa, 45, reached the summit of the world's highest peak from the South Col on Monday morning, expedition organisers and the government said.

He and other team members had safely descended from the top and were on their way to base camp, a Nepalese mountaineering official said.

Appa set his old record last May - a year after he said he would retire.

His decision to quit had been influenced by family reasons, he said.

But the lure of climbing Everest during the golden jubilee celebration of the first ascent last year proved too much and he came out of retirement.

Classic route

Appa, who made his living by guiding expeditions to the top of the world once a year, first climbed Everest in 1989.

He used the money from each ascent to feed his family and put his four children through school for the rest of the year.

Officials with the Asian Trekking Agency handling the latest ascent said the team set out on Sunday night along the South-east Ridge route, pioneered by New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepali sherpa Tenzing Norgay 51 years ago.

More than 1,300 people have climbed the 8850-metre (29,035-feet) mountain - about 200 climbers have died on it.

More than 80 climbers have so far made it to the top of Everest during the current spring season. Thirteen teams have permission to climb the mountain.

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