First ascent of Mt. Everest.
Awards : Padma Bhushan, President’s Gold Medal, IMF Gold Medal
Sherpa Tenzing Norgay’s historic ascent of Mt. Everest along with Edmund Hillary inspired and guided the country to set up the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling. the first of its kind in India where the climbing legend served as Director of Field Training since its inception.
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 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 Eastwith 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.