According to Reuters
, Tamae Watanabe, 73, made the ascent up the 8,850 meter (29,035 feet) Mount Everest, along with a Japanese partner and three Nepali Sherpa guides. This successful climb beat her earlier record she'd set 10 years ago, at age 63.
Reportedly, the team reached the top of Mount Everest at 7 a.m. Nepali time, and she had begun her journey to the top from the north ridge route that starts in Tibet.
Her last record was set on May 16, 2002, and stood for the last decade, until now, further solidifying her title. Japan Times
reported this record could remain unchallenged for decades.
"Watanabe and other climbers are in good physical condition. They are descending to their last camp which is located at an altitude of 8,300 metres (27,230 feet)," said Ang Tshering Sherpa, who runs the Asian Trekking company said. The company had provided logistics to the team.
Watanabe had worked for Yamanashi Prefecture as an office worker and is now retired.
The record for oldest person
to scale the mighty peak was set in 2008 by Min Bahadur Sherchan, who successfully completed the climb of Mount Everest
at age 76 years and 340 days.