Nepalese mountaineer Lakpa Sherpa prepares her equipment in Kathmandu, April 13, 2016. The daughter of a yak herder, Lhakpa Sherpa worked as a porter and kitchen hand on trekking and mountaineering expeditions when she was young, before climbing solo. Generations of men from Nepal's famed Sherpa community have climbed the Himalayas, while their wives and daughters have traditionally kept the home fires burning. But in a sign of changing times, a string of Sherpa women are now breaking records themselves, not only on 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) high Everest but other dangerous peaks. / AFP / PRAKASH MATHEMA / TO GO WITH AFP STORY NEPAL-MOUNTAINEERING-GENDER-QUAKE,FEATURE BY AMMU KANNAMPILLY (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)
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By Tessa Berenson
May 20, 2016

A Nepalese woman just broke her own record by scaling Mount Everest for the seventh time.

Lhakpa Sherpa, 42, who lives in Connecticut and works at a 7-Eleven there, reached the peak of the world’s highest mountain on Friday, the Guardian reports. The day’s success broke her own record for the most summits of Everest by a woman.

Two Sherpas share the record of 21 ascents by men.

Earlier this month, Sherra Gyalgen Sherpa was the first person to ascend Everest after a fatal avalanche in 2014 and the devastating earthquake in Nepal in 2015.

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