text: PRADEEP BASHYAL; production: CLAIRE PRESS
At least 11 people have died trying to climb Mount Everest this year. Kami Rita Sherpa, who's been to the world's highest summit more times than anyone else, tells the BBC that too many climbers are led to believe Everest is easy.
Struggling for breath, she was exhausted, but she’d made it to Camp 3. At 7162m (23,500ft) it was higher than she’d ever climbed before.
But the expedition was not going to plan and her dream of scaling Everest, the world’s highest mountain peak, was slipping away.
Looking on, as this young Chinese climber tried to gather her thoughts, was the group’s leader and navigator Kami Rita Sherpa. Not just your average mountain guide, Kami Rita holds the world record for the greatest number of assents up to the top of Mount Everest by any single climber.