The First Men on the Mt. Everest, 8848 meter.

Tenzing Sherpa was a Nepalese Sherpa born in 29 May 1914. An ordinary Sherpa man made a history on climbing field on 29 May 1953 with Sir Edmund Hillary. Summit Time: 11:30 A.M.

His actual birth place is Tshechu, in Tibet. As a little child his mother brought him to Thame Khumbu Nepal where they lived ordinary Sherpa life growing potato and grazing Yaks.

Tenzing Norgay Sherpa's original name was Namgyal Wangdi, but as a child his name was changed on the advice of a lama. Norgay means fortunate.

At the age of 16 (1930s) he started his career as a high altitude porter assisting British Expedition teams on various Himalayan peaks including Mt. Everest.

In 1952, Tenzing Norgay Sherpa took part in two Swiss expeditions led by Raymond Lambert, reached the then record height of 8,600 meter.

In 1953, Tenzing Norgay took part in Sir John Hunt's expedition. That was his seventh expedition to Everest. In that expedition he and Sir Edmund Hillary became the first men to reach the summit.

At the time of invitation from Queen Elizabeth there was no proper documentation with him to travel abroad. Indian authority promptly provided all necessary documents to travel to the United Kingdom. Later, he settled in Darjeeling where he died on 9 May 1986.

Sir Edmund Hillary was born in 20 July 1919 in Auckland, New Zealand. Son of a beekeeper became a famous mountain climber to have climbed the Mt. Everest 8848 meter with Tenzing Sherpa in 29 May 1953.

Summit Time: 11:30 A.M.

He became more and more concerned with the welfare of the Nepalese people. There are a number of schools, health care facilities and two air strips in Phaplu and Lukla. These airstrips had the unforeseen consequence of bringing more tourists and would-be mountain climbers to the remote region.

Edmund Hillary became concerned about the degradation of the environment of the Himalayas and persuaded the Nepalese government to pass laws protecting the forest and to declare the Mt. Everest Region as a National Park.

His life was darkened by the loss of his wife and daughter in a plane crash in Nepal in 1975. He continued to occupy himself with environmental causes and humanitarian work on behalf of Nepalese people for the rest of his life. Honorary Nepalese citizenship was awarded him at the ceremony of 50th Mt. Everest anniversary on 30 May 2003.

He died on 11 January 2008 in New Zealand at the age of 88. His death is the worst sorrowful loss of Nepal and its entire people.
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