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Veteran Nepalese Sherpa guide Apa has now climbed Everest 21 times (AP)

Veteran Nepalese Sherpa guide Apa has now climbed Everest 21 times (AP)

A Nepalese Sherpa guide has climed Mount Everest for the 21st time (AP)

A Nepalese Sherpa guide has climed Mount Everest for the 21st time (AP)

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Veteran Nepalese Sherpa guide Apa has now climbed Everest 21 times (AP)

A Nepalese Sherpa guide has broken his own record for most climbs of Mount Everest by scaling the world's tallest peak for the 21st time.

Apa reached the 29,035-foot (8,850-metre) summit as part of an environmental expedition that plans to carry down tons of rubbish left behind by past climbers.

Apa uses only one name, as many in the Himalayas' Sherpa community do.

A government mountaineering official stationed at the base camp, Tilak Pandey, said favourable weather allowed Apa to reach the summit along with a few other climbers.

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