Human spirit and its endeavors always did impossible tasks, as it was done by two legendary mountaineers Tenzing Norway and Edmund Hillary. He was first two individuals known to reach the summit of Mount Everest [World Tallest Peak 8848 MTRS], which they accomplished on 29th May 1953.
It is after the demise of Sir Edmund Hillary demise on 11 May 2008, Nepal decided to celebrate, Government of Nepal decided to celebrate 29th May as International Mount Everest Day on his memory.
Sir Edmund Hillary
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.Edmund Hillary
He is New-Zealand Citizen, later became honorary citizen of Nepal in 2003 on 50th anniversary of his and Tenzing climb. Earlier in childhood, he used to climb the Southern’s Alps in New Zealand.
He participated in World War II and after his military services, he decided to reach the summit of Mount Everest. His commitment for the welfare of Himalayan area and specifically for Sherpa led him to start Himalayan Trust in 1960.
If it is a shame to be the second man on Mount Everest, then I will have to live with this shame.Tenzing Norway
He was a Tibetan Sherpa born in 1914, accompanied Edmund Hillary as Sirdar [An organizer of Porters]. He has done many expeditions to Mount Everest but finally reached the summit on 29th May 1953.
Recipient of Britain’s George Medal and Nepal Tara, he has a great reputation in India and Nepal. He took his last breath on 9th May 1986 at Darjeeling in West Bengal.
The Mt. Everest Day celebration has been a significant occasion for the promotion of Nepal’s mountain tourism. There are 486 Indian nationals who have climbed to the summit of Mount Everest.
Key Questions Discussed in this Article
- Why we celebrate International Mount Everest Day?
- When we celebrate International Mount Everest Day?
- Who first climbed the summit of Mount Everest?
- Who was Edmund Hillary?
- Where Southern Alps located?
- Name the awards received by Tenzing Norway?
- Name the trust started by Edmund Hillary and what was the purpose of the trust?
- How many Indians have climbed the summit so far?