Tenzing Norgay's son, Jamling speaks ahead of the 63rd anniversary of the Everest conquest
Adventure traveller, motivational speaker and mountaineer, Jamling Norgay (51) goes by many labels. He is the son of Tenzing Norgay, who along with Edmund Hillary, conquered Mount Everest first, on May 29, 1953. It is a feat that set the bar for mountaineers everywhere and 60 years on, the Everest continues to be that final frontier, its lure undiminished.
> Significance of May 29: "Tomorrow, my father's memory, will fall on my life like the great shadows on Mt. Everest. The anniversary is a day to celebrate one of man's greatest triumphs, the conquest of Everest ranks right up there with man reaching the moon. In Darjeeling, we have grand celebrations. People gather around the statue of my father there and pay tributes, that's still a hair-raising moment for me. I hope this day is marked throughout the country. I think the Indian government has not done anything of significance for my father. He put the Indian flag on Everest, lived in India and trained so many mountaineers, yet, he has not got his due."
> The Everest, then and now: "Today, Sherpas lay the trail, and so, reaching the Everest peak is easier. We see the rich paying huge sums of money to scale the Everest, nearly 200 climbers go up each day. We need to curtail numbers trying to reach this peak. Only trained mountaineers should go, not just people with deep pockets. Everest continues to be on so many people's bucket list, its appeal undiminished."
> Jamling's Mumbai connection: "My ties with the city are limited to the motivational talks I give to companies here, or the adventure travel I do in the Himalayas, where there are many Mumbaikars. The government needs to encourage adventure travel and push the younger generation to head to the mountains. There is something about being on top of the world, which one needs to experience to know what I am talking about. I hope to see many more young Mumbaikars in the Himalayas soon."
1. The mountain has been scaled numerous times since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay stood atop in 1953, but it is still a deadly challenge. The 2016 climbing season is closing, and it has been dark days, with at least four deaths in a week on the Everest.
Mountaineering equipment at Camp 4 near the summit of Mount Everest earlier this month. Pic/AFP
2. May 19: Phurba Sherpa, fell to his death. He had been working to fix a route, when he fell.
3. May 20: Eric Arnold, Dutch citizen, died of a suspected heart attack, after being brought to his tent.
4. May 21: Australian citizen Maria Strydom, died from altitude sickness.
5. May 22: Indian Subash Paul died at Base Camp II, from altitude sickness.