Tse Chu in the Kama Valley.
Ghang La Mingma, Dokmo Kinzom
Eric Shipton leader of the 1935 British Mount Everest reconnaissance expedition, first gave him an opportunity to join the Everest Expedition. Shipton was his employer. Norgay was 20 year old and passed the medical test when two others failed. His attractive smile caught attention of Shipton who decided to take him on.
His failed to climb in three British attempts to climb Everest in 1930s.
- On the 1936 expedition, he worked with John Morris.
- In 1947, Norgay attempted again with Canadian-born Earl Denman and Ange Dawa Sherpa to enter Tibet illegally and attempt the mountain; the attempt ended when a strong storm at 22,000 feet (6,700 m) pounded them.
- Raymond Lambert and Tenzing Norgay were able to reach a new height of about 8,595 metres (28,199 ft) on the southeast ridge, setting it a new climbing altitude record.
In 1953, Edmund Hillary who was a part of John Hunt’s expedition, was saved by Norgay who had a near-miss following a fall into a crevasse from hitting the bottom. This led Hillary to consider him the climbing partner of choice for any future summit attempt.
In March 1953, Norgay and Hillary were the first people to conclusively set foot on the summit of Mount Everest, but journalists were persistently repeating the question: “Which of the two men had the right to the glory of being the first one, and who was merely the second, the follower?” Colonel Hunt, the expedition leader, declared, “They reached it together, as a team.”
In 1938, after Norgay’s third Everest expedition as a porter, the Himalayan Club awarded him its Tiger Medal for high-altitude work.
On 7 June 1953, it was announced that the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II wished to recognize Norgay’s achievements.
In 1959, the Government of India awarded him the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award of India.
Norgay also received several other decorations through his career.
In May 2013, Norgay’s grandson, Tashi Tenzing, said he believed his grandfather should have been knighted, not just given “a bloody medal”.
In September 2013, the Government of Nepal proposed naming a 7,916-foot (2,413 m) mountain in Nepal Tenzing Peak in Norgay’s honour.
Norgay died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, on May 9, 1986 at the age of 71.His remains were cremated in the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling, his favorite haunt. He was a PakkaPatriot by representing India with a successful attempt on to Mt. Everest.