Record-Holding Mountaineer to Honor Predecessor on Mt. Everest

The world record-holder for the number of times to climb the tallest mountain on the globe is planning a special ascent this May.

Apa, a Nepalese Sherpa, announced Thursday he will climb Mount Everest for the twentieth time to scatter the remains of the first man to scale it, Edmund Hillary.

Apa says he will spread Hillary's ashes and pray for him at Mount Everest's 8,850-meter-high summit.

Some of Hillary's remains were scattered in his native New Zealand after he died in 2008. But a portion was kept in a monastery in Nepal so it could be spread on Mount Everest.

Hillary conquered the mountain with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay on May 29, 1953.

Apa, who currently lives in the U.S. state of Utah, has climbed Mount Everest almost every year since his first successful effort, in 1989.

He says he and more than a dozen other climbers also will remove several thousand kilograms of garbage on the storied mountain when they climb it this time.

Most climbers scale Mount Everest during the spring season in late May, when there is more daylight and the weather is warmer.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.