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Sir Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay Reach Summit of Everest on 29th May 1953


On May 29, 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to successfully reach the summit of Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world at 8,848 meters (29,029 feet). The two climbers had been part of a British expedition led by John Hunt, which set out to conquer the mountain in the spring of 1953.


Hillary and Norgay had reached the highest camp on the mountain, Camp VIII, at 8,000 meters (26,247 feet) on May 27th. On the morning of May 29th, they set out to reach the summit, following a ridge known as the South Col. They encountered difficult conditions, including strong winds and deep snow, but they persevered and reached the summit at 11:30 a.m. local time.

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The news of their successful climb was met with great excitement and celebration around the world. Sir Edmund Hillary became a national hero in New Zealand, and Tenzing Norgay was hailed as a hero in Nepal. The two climbers became lifelong friends, and their historic climb remains one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of mountaineering.


Hillary was born in 1919 in Auckland, New Zealand and developed a love for climbing and exploration at an early age. He began his career as a beekeeper before becoming a full-time mountaineer, and eventually became known as one of the greatest climbers of his time. In addition to his successful ascent of Mount Everest, Hillary also made numerous other first ascents and explorations in the Himalayas, including Makalu and Dhaulagiri.

Hillary was a pioneer in mountaineering, and his successful climb of Mount Everest was a major achievement that earned him worldwide recognition and numerous awards. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1995 for his contributions to exploration and humanitarian work, and was also honored with the Order of the Garter, the highest honor in the United Kingdom. Despite his fame and accolades, Hillary remained humble and dedicated to helping others, and spent much of his later years working on various humanitarian projects, including building schools and hospitals in Nepal. He passed away in 2008 at the age of 88, leaving behind a legacy as one of the greatest mountaineers and explorers in history.

Tenzing Norgay was a Sherpa mountaineer and explorer who is best known for being one of the first two people to reach the summit of Mount Everest. He was born in 1914 in Nepal and grew up in the small village of Thame. As a young man, he worked as a porter and guide on expeditions in the Himalayas, eventually becoming one of the most experienced and respected mountaineers in the region.

In 1953, Norgay joined a British expedition to climb Mount Everest led by Sir Edmund Hillary. On May 29th of that year, Norgay and Hillary reached the summit of the mountain, becoming the first people to do so. The achievement made Norgay an international celebrity, and he was celebrated around the world for his bravery and determination.

After his historic ascent of Mount Everest, Norgay continued to work as a mountaineer and guide, leading several other expeditions in the Himalayas. He passed away in 1986 at the age of 72, but his legacy as one of the greatest mountaineers in history lives on.

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