Scaled Mt. Everest, Saser Kangri Nanda Devi, Cho-Oyu
First man to climb Mt. Everest twice.
Awards: Padma Bhushan, Padma Shree, Arjuna Award, IFM Gold Medal
Sherpa Nawang Gombu became the first person to reach the top of Mt. Everest twice, he continues to be an inspiration to the climbing fraternity all over the world. After climbing Mt. Everest with the American team, in 1963, he again scaled it as a part of the Indian Everest Expedition during 1965.
Nawang Gombu became an instructor at HMI since its very inception in 1954. Gombu served as the Director of Field Training from May, 1976, and then as Honorary Advisor till he passed away in 2011. Other achievements to his credit are Sasser Kangri, Nanda Devi, International Ladies Cho-Oyu Expedition, Rathong and many other mountain peaks. He also served as honorary instructor in the Climbing School at Mt. Rainier, USA.
Nawang Gombu was awarded Padma Bhusan, Padma Shree, Arjun Award, Indian Mountaineering Foundation Gold Medal, Coronation Medal of Queen Elizabeth II, Tiger Badge (Himalayan Club) Hubbard Medal of National Geographical Society, Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award and IOA Gold Medal in sports excellence.