Legendary Mountaineers of HMI
Awards : Padma Bhushan, President’s Gold Medal, IMF Gold Medal
Tenzing went to Everest six times before he succeeded in his 7th attempt, as a high altitude porter in 1935,1936 and 1938 expeditions. In 1952 he was a climbing member of the Swiss Expedition’s attempts on Everest with Raymond Lambert. He reached up to 28,200 feet during the spring attempt. The following year (1953) he joined the British expedition to Mt. Everest as a member and made the first ascent of the world’s highest mountain along with Edmund Hillary on 29th May 1953.
Born in the village of Moyey in Tibet, raised in Nepal, and a resident of India for most of his life, Tenzing never learnt to read or write, but had an active mind and was fluent in several languages. In 1947 he was part of a Swiss expedition for the first time, following a magnificent performance in the rescue of Sirdar Wandi Norbu who had been seriously injured in a fall. He then went to the top of Kedar Nath – a first ascent. He also climbed Nanda Devi East with a French expedition.
Sherpa Tenzing Norgay’s decorations and awards include the Padma Bhushan, President’s Gold Medal, Nepal Tara, Nepal Pratap Vardak, Shah of Iran Medal, George Medal, Coronation Medal of Queen Elizabeth II, Tiger Medal of Himalayan Club. Hubbard Medal of the National Geographical Society, USSR Sports Special Medal, French Sports Special Medal, Italian Sports Achievement Medal, Doctor of Law, Northland College, Wisconsin (USA) and IMF Gold Medal.
First man to climb Mt. Everest twice
Awards: Padma Bhushan, Padma Shree, Arjuna Award, IFM Gold Medal
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 an 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 Honour.
Awards: Padma Shree, Arjuna Award, IMF Gold Medal, Tiger Badge.
Ang Kami was awarded, Padma Shri, Arjuna Award, Gold Medal of Indian Mountaineering Foundation and the Tiger Badge of Himalayan Club.
Awards: Chief of Army Staffs Commendation.
Awards: IMF Gold Medal, Tenzing Norgay Award