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.
was born in Nepal in a poor family. Tenzing was a follower of Buddhism and
had acquired the Indian citizenship in 1933. The childhood name of Tenzing
was Namgyal Wagundi. He was also called Khumjung Bhutia.
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 In1954 and Tenzing was appointed Director (training
) in this Institute. Tenzing Norgay was nick named as 'Tiger of Snows'.