But Kami Rita Sherpa's 23rd record summit of the world's highest peak on Wednesday was just another day at work.
The climbing season ends in May and hundreds of climbers are now on Everest, trying to reach the top from both the Nepali and Tibetan sides of the mountain.
Mountaineer Kami Rita Sherpa, who is 49, managed to reach the summit of the tallest mountain in the world on Tuesday.
Rita's two closest peers have climbed the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak 21 times each, but both of them have retired from mountain climbing.
Kami Rita Sherpa, 48, a Nepali Mountaineer waves towards the media personnel upon his arrival after climbing Mount Everest for a 22nd time, creating a new record for the most summits of the worldÕs highest mountain, in Kathmandu, Nepal May 20, 2018.
"I am still strong and want to climb Sagarmatha 25 times", Kami had told Reuters news agency before leaving for the mountain in March referring to the Nepali name for Everest.
Alan says that when you get to Everest base camp, you have to spend around four weeks "acclimatising" - that's getting used to the extreme altitude. After that tragedy, he came under intense family pressure to quit mountaineering altogether, but in the end decided against it. "I am like a soldier who leaves behind their wives, children and family to battle for the pride of the country".
His latest ascent took him two summits clear of two fellow sherpas, hiking officials said. Kami Rita started the climb from the Nepal side of the range, which is one of the two routes to get up top, the other being Tibet. The Sherpas are the ones who take care of setting up the camps, carrying the loads on their backs, cooking food and carrying oxygen tanks.
Sherpa tribespeople were mostly yak herders and traders living deep within the Himalayas until Nepal opened its borders in the 1950s.
"However, when these climbers reach the summit, only their names are highlighted and nothing mentioned about the hard work done by the Sherpas", Rita said last month. Their stamina and familiarity with the mountains quickly made them sought-after guides and porters.
Perhaps most important, it is Sherpas who each year fix ropes and ladders over crevasses and icefalls that make things safer for the hundreds of climbers who will follow them.
Sherpa, 49, reached the summit Wednesday morning, breaking his own record that he set past year, his expedition company confirmed.
Nepal has issued a record 378 permits costing $11,000 each for this year's spring climbing season, sparking fears of bottlenecks enroute to the summit if poor weather cuts down the number of climbing days.