Tenzing Norgay Sherpa


29 May 1914 – 9 May 1986

Known for:

  • Being one of the first two individuals to reach the summit of Mt. Everest on 29 May 1953
  • Recipient of George medal for his contributions in the Everest summit and recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal
  • Recipient of the Order of the Star of Nepal by King Tribhuvan in 1953
  • Recipient of Padma Bhusan by Government of India in 1959
  • Becoming the first Director of Field Training of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling
  • Founder of Tenzing Norgay Adventures in 1978, a company providing trekking adventures in the Himalayas
  • The highest-known, 3.4-kilometre-high (11,000 ft) mountain range on the dwarf planet Pluto was named Tenzing Montes

Notable climbs:

  • Everest, 8848m

Photo Credit: Mpora

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