8000 Meters Facts
2007: Tashi Tenzing,
grandson of Tenzing Norgay: Summits Everest !!
Update 5/15/2007 (America): Tashi along with his client, Klara Polackova,
Summit Everest at 7 am local time on May 16th local time
Update; Tashi called and he is camp 2, he stayed because of the
weekend weather and now plans to move on up to camp 3 on the 15 and the summit
on the 16th.
Tashi spent his childhood in Darjeeling, the famed British
hill station and tea growing area. He attended St Paul's School - a private
boarding school in the strict British tradition. He made himself quite a name
in the outdoor education field, excelling at distance and sprint running,
soccer, cricket, gymnastics, karate, hockey and horse-riding as well as in
more artistic pursuits such as oil painting and batik.
Tashi then went on to the University of New Delhi to gain a
Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. But his first love has always been the
outdoors and, especially climbing. He was solely responsible for establishing
the Delhi University Climbing Club and excelled at all the climbing and
outdoor adventure course at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in
Darjeeling. This Institute was established by his grandfather, Tenzing Norgay,
after Everest to offer professional climbing instruction to all Indian people.
It now has a great tradition and a successful history of expeditions to the
great Himalayan peaks. Tashi graduated from HMI as an instructor and still
sometimes takes courses there as a guest Instructor.
But since leaving
University Tashi has been almost solely employed in leading trekking and
climbing trips in the Nepal, Tibet, Pakistan, Kashmir, and Indian Himalaya. He
has trekked widely in Nepal - especially the Everest area of course ! - in
Kashmir and Ladakh and in the eastern Himalaya of Bhutan and Sikkim. Since his
childhood he has emulated his grandfather's love of mountain exploration and
he has managed to maintain this quest by researching and leading many new
treks and expeditions. However the desire to climb Everest has always been in
Tashi’s heart and his passion for this never waned. He knew one day his time
would come. His elder brother, Sonam - a lawyer in Sydney - and elder sister,
Yangzen – a teacher in Darjeeling - have not inherited Tenzing's love of
climbing but they fully supported their younger brother's aspirations and had
full confidence in his ability to maintain the family tradition.
In 1993 Tashi led the 40th
Anniversary Everest Expedition to mark the 40th anniversary of the first
successful expedition of his grandfather, Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. At last his
dream seemed in reach but it was also important to him for the sake of his
Sherpa people who supported him to the fullest in this bid. His team were
successful, getting two members to the summit on May 10th. Sadly Tashi's uncle
and climbing partner, Lobsang Tshering, fell to his death on the descent from
the summit. Tashi missed the summit by just 400m having to turn back with snow
Tenzing Norgay & The Sherpas Of Everest
grandson, Tashi Tenzing, presents one of the great stories of
mountaineering, the 1st summitting of Everest, from the Sherpa point of
view: how it affected Tenzing; how it affected Sherpa life. Featuring a
captivating blend of text &historical & personal photos from private
family collections, they provide a glimpse of a sheltered world few have
experienced, & even fewer have seen ...
However on May 23rd 1997
Tashi at last succeeded in reaching the summit of Everest - his life's dream
fulfilled and the road now clear to take on new adventures. In 1998/99 he
spent 9 months working for the Australian Antarctic Division at Mawson Station
in the Antarctic and now plans to add guiding in this icy wilderness to his
travel work. Tashi is married to an Australian, Judy, whom he met in Nepal
where they both worked as trekking guides. They have a son, Pasang Gyalpo,
aged 11 and a daughter, Dechen Lhamu, aged 7 years.
Tashi is now a successful
business owner, author and mountain climber. He motivates corporations and
organizations with his knowledge of the work ethic, focus and determination
of his people, the Sherpas of Mount Everest. Organizations around the world
use his keen insight as guide for refocusing their staff to achieve the
ultimate business goal, completion of the job at hand. From the sales staff
to the boardroom, your organization can benefit from Tashi Tenzing's lessons from
more pictures are here.
Background: Tashi Tenzing is returning to
Good to hear from you . All is well - Tashi Tenzing
expeditions party is 2 person only - Ms Klara Polackova - she is climbing with
me or I am guiding her this time to fulfil her dreams of Everest - She climbed
Cho Oyu with me last year and she is ready to hit Everest . I am going for the
last time to climb my beloved Chomolungma from the Tibet side and its
important to me as my family and my sherpa community started their climbing
career and today there the sherpas are the masters of Everest . And not the
least this climb is dedicated to the Nepalese people that we have peace and
stability and may the people of nepal enjoy the prosperity and good future in
the new govt. After so many years of un rest.
We leave for Lhasa tomorrow and will be spending about 6
days to acclimatised and then will be in base camp around 14 April and will
start climbing from ABC about the 26 of April .
Will keep up posted from Lhasa. Tashi
Tashi was born in Darjeeling, India on 30 November, 1965 -
youngest son of Pem Pem who is Tenzing Norgay's eldest daughter. Tenzing, with
Sir Edmund Hillary, made the first ascent of Everest on 29th May 1953. Tashi's
mother is also a climber. She was a member of the 1959 International Women's
Expedition to Cho Oyu, in Nepal - the 7th highest mountain in the world - an
expedition which ended tragically in the death of two climbers.
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