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Tenzing Norgay

1914--86, Nepalese mountaineer. With Sir Edmund Hillary, he was the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest (1953)

Norgay, Tenzing


Born May 1914, in the village of Tsachu, in the Solo Khumbu Valley, in Nepal. Mountaineer. Citizen of India; of Sherpa nationality.

Tenzing worked as a guide, porter, and sirdar (director of a group of porters) on many mountaineering and research expeditions, and he was an instructor of mountaineering training. He participated in six ascents of Chomolungma (Mount Everest). The Himalayan Club awarded him the title of Tiger in 1938 for reaching an elevation of 8,290 m while carrying a load. On May 29,1953, together with E. Hillary, a New Zealand mountaineer, Tenzing made the first successful ascent of Chomolungma.

In 1954, Tenzing became director of field training for the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and from 1955 he served as chairman of the Association of Sherpa Mountaineers. He ascended Mount Elbrus in 1963. He was the first foreigner to be awarded the Soviet Medal for Distinguished Athletic Achievement.


Tigrsnegov [Tenzing’s autobiography, as told to J. R. Ullman]. Moscow, 1957. (Translated from English.)
Hunt, J. Voskhozhdenie na Everest. Moscow, 1956. (Translated from English.)
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Tenzing's son Jamling Norgay, who himself scaled the pinnacle in 1996, says wealthy foreigners - including British millionaires - take advantage of poor Nepalese Sherpas like his dad so they can "tick off " Everest.
It was 60 years ago that he and Norgay climbed 29,028 ft - the equivalent of almost 20 Empire State Buildings - to become the first to scale Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain.
In May 1953, Hillary and Norgay became arguably the most famous people on earth with their monumental achievement -- somewhat along the same lines as Charles Lindbergh from decades prior and Neil Armstrong in the future.
On 29 May 2013 it has been exactly 60 years ago that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first humans on the summit of the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest.
THE last surviving member of the team who helped Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay conquer Everest has died at the age of 89.
President of the organising committee Bikrum Pandey said the marathon has become a brand in national and international arena and the day, May 29, when late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary scaled the Mt.
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Present at the service in St George's Chapel at the queen's Windsor Castle residence was the son of TENZING NORGAY, the sherpa who helped Hillary scale the world's highest peak in May 1953.
After a punishing climb, battling the foes of high altitude and bad weather, Hillary and his Sherpa companion Tenzing Norgay succeeded where a number of other expeditions had failed.
More than 3,000 people have climbed to the summit sinceA it was first scaled by New Zealander Edmund Hillary, who died in January, and Nepal's Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953.