A Nepalese man has climbed Everest for a record 17th time.

Appa Sherpa summited the world’s highest peak with seven other Sherpas and one other climber, 18 years after his first ascent.

The 46-year-old was with his climbing partner Lakpa Gyelu, making his own 13th summit during the successful ascent, which took place last Wednesday. The party was on the mountain to raise money for children of the mountain guides, who use their earnings to put their families through school.

The ascent by Appa Sherpa of the 8,850m Himalayan peak broke his own record. He came out of retirement to climb again in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first successful ascent and descent by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953.