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Everest climbers Kenton Cool and Dorje Gylgen set new Himalayan record

Kenton Cool and Dorje Gylgen
Image caption Kenton Cool (r) and Dorje Gylgen (l) have become the first people to climb all three peaks in one trip

A pair of mountaineers have set a new record for climbing Himalayan peaks.

Kenton Cool and Dorje Gylgen have become the first people to climb Nuptse (7,861m), Everest (8,848m) and Lhotse (8,516m) in one continuous trip.

The pair climbed the final peak in the early hours of Monday (UK time). They arrived back at base camp earlier.

When Mr Cool, who lives in Gloucestershire, reached the summit of Everest for the eleventh time on Sunday it broke his own British record.

His climbing partner Mr Gylgen has accompanied him on seven of those climbs.

The climbers reached the top of Nuptse early on Saturday, made the summit of Everest early on Sunday and completed the challenge by getting to the top of Lhotse early on Monday.

After a night's sleep at Everest Camp Two (6,500m) they arrived back at base camp at about 11:30 BST. The entire circular journey took seven days to complete.

Mr Cool said on his Facebook page: "Back down in base camp. Totally shattered like never before after a week in high mountains. Now it's rest."

This latest ascent of Everest has broken his own British record for the most summits of the world's highest peak.

In his tenth climb, achieved in May last year, Mr Cool carried an Olympic gold medal to the summit which fulfilled a pledge made by a member of the 1922 British Everest expedition who failed to do the same.

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