Mountain guide Ang Rita Sherpa who has climbed Mt. Everest ten times, look on during a press conference in Katmandu, on November 29, 2009. Photo: AP

KATHMANDU:  A Nepali mountaineering official says a former Sherpa guide who was the first person to scale Mount Everest 10 times has been hospitalised after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association said Monday that Ang Rita Sherpa was rushed to a hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, last week after he fell unconscious. He remains in serious condition, though his is situation is improving.

The 68-year-old Sherpa scaled Everest 10 times from 1983 to 1996, when he quit climbing because of pressure from his family and health-related problems.

Several other climbers have passed his record, but he remains one of the most famous Everest climbers.

–  ASSOCIATED PRESS, THT

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