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  • Lakpa Sherpa becomes first woman to climb Everest 10 times
  • Sherpa broke own record of most successful woman climber of Everest
  • A native of Nepal, she lives in the U.S. with her three children

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Lakpa Sherpa becomes first woman to climb Everest for 10th time, breaks own record

48-year-old Lakpa never got a chance to get a formal education because she had to start earning a living by carrying climbing gear and supplies for trekkers.

A Nepalese Sherpa broke her own record as the most successful woman climber of Mount Everest by reaching the summit of the world's highest peak Thursday.

Lakpa Sherpa and several other climbers took advantage of favourable weather to reach the 8,849-meter (29,032-foot) summit early in the morning, her brother and expedition organizer Mingma Gelu said. He said she was in good health and was safely descending from the peak.

Sherpa, 48, never got a chance to get a formal education because had to start earning a living by carrying climbing gear and supplies for trekkers. Thursday's successful ascent was her 10th — the most times any woman has climbed Everest — and she has always said she wanted to inspire all women so they too can achieve their dreams.

A native of Nepal, Sherpa lives in the U.S. with her three children in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Another Nepalese Sherpa guide, Kami Rita, reached the summit for the 26th time Saturday, breaking his own record for the most climbs of Everest. Rita led a group of Sherpa climbers who fixed ropes along the route so that hundreds of other climbers and guides can make their way to the top of the mountain later this month.

Also watch: Nepalese mountaineer Kami Rita Sherpa climbs Mount Everest 26th time, bests own record

Hundreds of foreign climbers and an equal number of Sherpa guides are set to attempt climbs of Everest in May, the month when weather conditions in the Himalayan peaks are most favorable for climbing.

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