Who was Tenzing Norgay

Tenzing Norgay

Tenzing Norgay

born Namgyal Wangdi and often referred to as Sherpa Tenzing, was a Nepali-Indian Sherpa mountaineer. He was one of the first two individuals known to reach the summit of Mount Everest, which he accomplished with Edmund Hillary on 29 May 1953. Time named him one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

Tenzing Norgay

In 1935, 1936 and 1938 he worked as a porter for British expeditions trying to reach Everest from the Tibetan northern side.

Tenzing Norgay

In 1951 he participated as a sirdar in the French expedition to Nanda Devi and went together with L. Dubost on its eastern tip, conquered by Poles in 1939. He then considered this attempt as his most difficult climb.

Tenzing Norgay

In 1952 he participated in two Swiss expeditions to Mount Everest (pre-tropical as sirdar, and in the past-tropical as a member of the mountaineering group) and during the first of them, together with R. Lambert, he reached a record height of around 8,600 on the southern ridge.

Tenzing Norgay

In 1953, he took part in the British, led by John Hunt, expedition to Everest from the south side and on May 29, along with Edmund Hillary stood on its tip. He was awarded the Jerzy Medal for his participation.

Tenzing Norgay

After reaching Everest, he settled in Darjeeling (India), where he was the head of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) and chairman of the Sherpa Association.

Tenzing Norgay

In 1959 he was awarded the Indian Order of Padma Bhushan.

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