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Tenzing Norgay

On May 29, 1953, Tenzing Norgay and teammate Edmund Hillary reached the summit of Mt. Everest. Tenzing received instant acclaim for his unprecedented achievement. He quickly became a global ambassador for the Sherpa people. Here are a few facts to know:

Born: 1914. This is an approximation based on the Tibetan lunar calendar. At the time of Tenzing's birth, the Sherpas did not keep written birth records.

Birthplace: Tsa-chu, Nepal.

Raised in: Thami, Nepal (a village near the border of Tibet, and close to Mt. Everest).

Family: One of 13 children.

Languages: Spoke seven languages, but never learned how to write.

Work: 1933 moved to Darjeeling, India, to work as a trekking porter.

War Years: Indian army ski instructor.

Everest Trips:

1935 — First expedition, accompanying Eric Shipton.

1953 — Reaches summit at age 39.

After Everest: Opened mountaineering school in Darjeeling, India, to train other locals as mountaineering guides.

Died: May 9, 1986.

To learn more about Tenzing Norgay, go to NOVA Online's site about Tenzing: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/nova/everest/history/norgay.html

Porter- a person who carries supplies.

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