Lhakpa Sherpa is a seasoned mountaineer and held the world record for climbing Mount Everest nine times. The Nepalese woman broke her own record on Thursday and reached the world’s highest summit for the 10th time.

Sherpa is the only woman so far who has climbed the highest peak in the world 10 times. The 48-year-old said that she wanted to inspire all women so they too can achieve their dreams.

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Sherpa embarked on the Mount Everest expedition with several other climbers in an attempt to use the favourable climbing conditions at this time of the year. Sherpa’s brother and expedition organiser Mingma Gelu said that she was good health and was safely descending from the peak.

She reached the Mount Everest summit early on Thursday morning and soon began her trek towards the Everest base. It is unclear how much time did it take for Sherpa to reach the 8,849-meter high peak.

According to reports from Associated Press, Sherpa 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. She currently lives in the United States with her three children in Connecticut’s West Hartford.

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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.

Another Nepalese Sherpa guide, Kami Rita, reached the summit for the 26th time Saturday, breaking his own record for the most climbs on 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.