On Sunday, Anshu Jamsenpa, an Indian mountaineer, reached the summit of Mount Everest for the second time, in less than a week, setting a women’s record for a double ascent of the world’s highest mountain in a single season.
The 37-year-old mountaineer returned from the 8,848-metre (29,028-feet) peak on May 16, before she climbed the peak for the second time. “Anshu reached the summit of Everest at 8:00 am (0215 GMT) today for the second time this season, setting a new record,” said Dawa Lama of Dream Himalaya Adventures.
Jamsenpa was blessed by Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama before leaving for the expedition.
Jamsenpa has climbed Mount Everest five times. She intended to climb back in 2014 but the climbing season was cancelled after an avalanche killed 16 Nepali men.
Nepali climber Lhakpa Sherpa broke her own record last week, for the greatest number of summits by a woman after scaling the peak for the eighth time.
More than 120 climbers have made the summit this season, with the first ascents delayed by high winds, fresh snowfall and unusually cold temperatures.
This year’s climbing season has already seen deaths of two climbers, including legendary Swiss climber Ueli Steck, who fell from a ridge during an acclimatisation climb.