(AP) — A record-holding Sherpa climber has canceled his 26th attempt to scale Mount Everest
due to a bad dream, but plans to try again next year.
had already reached the summit of the world's highest mountain for the record 25th time earlier this month, but his most recent ascent ended more than halfway to the summit.
“I was making (the 26th) attempt and had reached Camp Three, but the weather turned bad and I had a really bad dream,” Rita said on her way back to Kathmandu by helicopter on Tuesday.
“The gods were telling me not to go, and because I truly believe in God, I decided to return,” he said, without going into detail about his dream.
Sherpas regard Everest as a goddess and perform a religious ceremony before embarking on their ascents.
Rita stated that he would definitely return the following year to attempt a 26th ascent of the peak.