Tenzing Norgay, who was he?


Tenzing Norgay

(born on 15 May 1914, died on 9 May 1986) – Nepali climber, Sherpa from Solukhumbu. On 29 May 1953, together with Edmund Hillary, he became the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest – the Earth’s highest mountain.

In 1935, 1936 and 1938, he worked as a bearer for British expeditions that attempted to ascent Everest from the northern, Tibetan side.
In 1951, he was a sirdar during a French expedition to Nanda Devi mountain and, together with L. Dubost, he climbed its eastern peak, which was first reached by a Polish expedition in 1939. Later, he claimed that this ascent was the most difficult one he has ever done. In 1952, he participated in two Swiss expeditions to Mount Everest (before monsoon period as a sirdar and after monsoon period as a member of the climbing team). During the first one, together with R. Lambert, he reached a record-breaking altitude of app. 8600 meters on the southern ridge.
In 1953, he took part in a British expedition led by John Hunt, whose aim was to reach the summit of Mount Everest from the southern side. On 29 May, he achieved that goal together with Edmund Hilary. After that, he settled down in Darjeeling (India), where he became a manager of Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) and a chairman of the Sherpa Association. In 1959, he received Indian Padma Bhushan award.
Source: Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenzing_Norgay

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