July 17, 2019

Youngest member of Hillary Everest expedition dies

Nawang Gombu 1935-2010 - Like all Sherpa's he had a big smile and a big heart.

The youngest member of Sir Edmund Hillary’s climbing team for the 1953 ascent of Mount Everest has died in India after a short illness.

Nawang Gombu was only 18 years old when he joined the Hunt Expedition’s attempt on Everest in 1953.

Born in Minzu, Tibet, Gombu became a famous sherpa mountaineer and the first person to scale Everest twice. Though he did not reach the summit with Hillary he guided an American team to the top in 1963 and an Indian team in 1965.

His family say he died in his home in Darjeeling, West Bengal, at the foot of the Himalayas. He was 79 years old.

Gombu was one of the last of the so-called ”Tigers of the Snow” – a group of Sherpas who scaled the Himalayas to bring worldwide fame and prestige to Nepal and the Sherpa people.