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Indian woman climbs Mount Everest twice in a week, sets record

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An Indian woman has set a new record after she climbed mount Everest twice in less than a week. Anshu Jamsenpa has established a new women’s record for a double ascent of the world’s highest mountain in one season. The 37-year-old returned from her first ascent of the 8,848-metre summit on 16 May but instead of enjoying a long, well-deserved rest, the climber turned back on herself and attempted the feat again. 

On 21 May, Ms Jamsenpa reached the top of Mount Everest for the second time and stripped previous record-holder Chhurim Sherpa of the title. Ms Sherpa scaled the peak twice in a week in 2012 to claim the previous world record. Jamsenpa, a mother of two, was blessed by Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama before leaving for the expedition. The current female record, certified by Guinness World Recodrs, is held by Nepali climber Chhurim Sherpa, who in 2012 become the first woman to scale the peak twice in a season.Jamsenpa has climbed Mount Everest five times. She intended to make the summit in 2014 but the climbing season was cancelled after an avalanche killed 16 Nepali guides.

Another attempt the following year was foiled after an avalanche -- this one triggered by a massive earthquake that left swathes of Nepa in ruins -- killed 18 people at Base Camp. Last week Nepali climber Lhakpa Sherpa broke her own record for the greatest number of summits by a woman after scaling the peak for an eighth time. More than 120 climbers have made the summit this season, with the first ascents delayed by high winds, fresh snowfall and unusually cold temperatures.There are concerns a high number of summit permits issued by Nepal could cause dangerous "traffic jams" on the mountain as climbers target a brief window of favourable weather before the monsoon in June.

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