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Tenzing Norgay

Mountaineer and Explorer Tenzing Norgay

Profession: Mountaineer and Explorer


Biography: Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay with Edmund Hillary were the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest and return safely.

His exact birth date is unknown but it is thought he was born in May 1914. After his ascent of Everest on May 29, 1953, he decided to celebrate his birthday on that day thereafter.

Born: May 29, 1914
Birthplace: Khumbu, Nepal

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: May 9, 1986 (aged 71)
Cause of Death: Cerebral hemorrhage

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  • 1953-05-29 Edmund Hillary (NZ) and Tenzing Norgay (Nepal) are first to reach the summit of Mount Everest as part of a British Expedition

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