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px tenzing norgay


Indian Sports Personality

Tenzing was the first Indian to scale the highest
peak of the world, the Mount Everest (height 8,848 metres) on 29, March 1953. He achieved this mountaineering feat
together with Sir Edmund Hillary the well known adventurist of New Zealand.

Tenzing was born in Nepal in a poor
family. The childhood name of Tenzing was Namgyal Wagundi. He was also called Khumjung Bhutia.

The Government of India conferred the title of 'Padma Bhushan' on Tenzing in 1959. Tenzing was also
awarded the George Medal in recognition of his excellent service in the field of mountaineering. For imparting training
in mountaineering the Government of India established the 'Himalayan Mountaineering Institute' at Darjeeling in West
Bengal in 1954 and Tenzing was appointed as Director (training) in this Institute. Tenzing Norgay was nick
named as 'Tiger of Snow'.


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