Tenzing Norgay

Tenzing Norgay
born May 15, 1914, Tshechu, Tibet [now Tibet Autonomous Region, China]
died May 9, 1986, Darjeeling [now Darjiling], India

Tibetan Sherpa mountaineer.

Tenzing served on numerous expeditions before joining Edmund Hillary as sirdar, or organizer of porters. In 1953 he and Hillary became the first two people to reach the summit of Mount Everest. A devout Buddhist, Tenzing left an offering of food at Everest's summit.

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▪ Nepalese mountaineer
Nepalese“Wealthy-Fortunate Follower of Religion”Norgay also spelled  Norkey  or  Norkay , original name  Namgyal Wangdi 
born May 15, 1914, Tshechu, Tibet [now Tibet Autonomous Region, China]
died May 9, 1986, Darjeeling [now Darjiling], West Bengal, India
 Tibetan mountaineer (mountaineering) who, with Edmund (later Sir Edmund) Hillary (Hillary, Sir Edmund) of New Zealand, was the first person to set foot on the summit of Mount Everest (Everest, Mount), the world's highest peak (29,035 feet [8,850 metres]; see Researcher's Note: Height of Mount Everest).

      It is not known exactly when, how, or under what conditions Tenzing came to live in Khumbu as a young boy. Among the ethnic Sherpas, immigrant Tibetans such as Tenzing are known as Khambas and have low status and little or no wealth. Tenzing worked for several years for an affluent family in Khumjung, and as a teen he ran away from difficult conditions and settled in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India. At age 19, having married a Sherpa, he was chosen as a porter for his first expedition; in 1935 he accompanied Eric Shipton's reconnaissance expedition of Everest. In the next few years he took part in more Everest expeditions than any other climber. After World War II he became a sirdar, or organizer of porters, and in this capacity accompanied a number of expeditions. In 1952 the Swiss made two attempts on the southern route up Everest, on both of which Tenzing was sirdar. He went as sirdar of the British Everest expedition of 1953 and formed the second summit pair with Hillary. From a tent at 27,900 feet (8,500 metres) on the Southeast Ridge, they reached the summit at 11:30 AM on May 29. He spent 15 minutes there “taking photographs and eating mint cake,” and, as a devout Buddhist, he left an offering of food. After his feat he was regarded as a legendary hero by many Nepalese and Indians. His many honours included Britain's George Medal and the Star of Nepal (Nepal Tara). Man of Everest (1955; also published as Tiger of the Snows), written in collaboration with James Ramsey Ullman, is an autobiography. After Everest (1978), as told to Malcolm Barnes, tells of his travels after the Everest ascent and his directorship of the Field Training Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling, which the Indian government established in 1954. Tenzing: Hero of Everest (2003), a biography of Tenzing Norgay by mountaineer and journalist Ed Douglas, is a sensitive appreciation of his life, achievements, and disappointments.

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