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Last Updated: Saturday May 20 2006 12:36 GMT

Man's record 16th Everest climb

Appa Sherpa.
Nepalese man Appa Sherpa has broken his own record by climbing to the top of the world's tallest mountain, Mount Everest, for the 16th time.

The 45-year-old, who works as a mountain guide called a sherpa, reached the peak while he was leading a group of international climbers.

More than 1,400 people have climbed the peak, which is 8,850m (29,035ft) tall, since the first time in 1953.

But more than 180 have died while trying to reach the perilous summit.

Appa first climbed the mountain in 1989.

Mount Everest.
He had retired but returned to work in 2003 to climb the peak again for the 50th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary's first successful ascent.

A spokesman for Nepal's tourism ministry said 90 people - 44 foreign climbers and 46 sherpas - had climbed the mountain so far this year.

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