A Nepali sherpa climbed the world’s highest peak for the 18th time on Thursday, beating his own record set last year.

48 year old Apa Sherpa reached the 8,850-meter summit of Mount Everest again on Thursday.
Though Apa declared six years ago that he will retire from mountaineering to be with family, he has still been scaling Everest every year, recently to support civic causes.[Apa Sherpa, Mountaineer]:”There is only one Everest in the world, we must think of how we can best protect it by keeping it clean.
“Apa’s ascent last Thursday was sponsored by the Asian Trekking Agency and the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). The aim is to promote eco-tourism and urge climbers to clean up their waste not only in the base camp but also on the increasingly polluted mountain top. He also wants to educate the locals about the mountain.
[Apa Sherpa, Mountaineer]:”They don’t know what is global warming, or how the glacier lake bursts out. Even today the people of our remote areas construct hotels just beside the streams without knowing its consequences. They invest their savings without knowing when the glacier lake might burst.
“Apa was born in the same village as Tenzing Norgay, and used to work as a porter on climbing expeditions. He climbed Everest for the first time in 1990 and has done so every year since then, except in 1996 when harsh weather conditions killed 15 mountaineers including his mentor.