Tenzing Norgay remembered on100th Birthday and anniversary of Everest conquest

HMI- Darjeeling – Tenzing Norgay, who redefined adventure in the Himalayas, was today fondly remembered on his 100th birth anniversary as well as his epoch making climb on the Mount Everest exactly on this day 61 years ago.

Tenzing Norgay remembered on100th Birth day and anniversary of Everest conquest - HMI Darjeeling
Tenzing Norgay remembered on100th Birth day and anniversary of Everest conquest – HMI Darjeeling

Very few people were as lucky as Sherpa Tenzing who celebrated his 39th birthday on a place where no man had stepped before him–the 8848 mt high Mt Everest–along with New Zealand’s Sir Edmund Hillary, on this day (29th May) in 1953.

Exactly 61 years ago on this day Tenzing and Hillary made first successful ascent on Mt Everest at 11:30 AM.

Tenzing Norgay, previously known Namgyal Wangdi, was believed to be born on May 29, 2014.

Many admirers and adventure loving people even pitched for honouring Tenzing with Bharat Ratna posthumously for his trailblazing climb atop the world’s roof.

The celebration, however, was a low key affair this time in the backdrop of fatal accident on Everest where sixteen Sherpa guides were killed and recent disappearance of Everester Chhanda Gayen and Dawa Wangchuk Sherpa on Mt. Kanchenjunga.

The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) here where Tenzing spent his remaining working days for promoting adventure among the youth, celebrated the day.

The East Zone Committee of Indian Mountaineering Federation (IMF) along with Press Club Kolkata decided to celebrate Tenzing’s 100th birth anniversary at the premises of Press Club in the evening.

HMI’s former deputy director Nima Tashi and ex medical officer of the same institute Bimal Ghosal, the two who had long association with Tenzing in HMI until his death, will grace the occasion.

Tenzing died in Darjeeling on May 9 in 1986.

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