Sir Edmund Percival Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. On 29 May 1953, they became the first climbers confirmed as having reached the summit of Mount Everest.

Edmund Hillary: A very special hero inspired by noble courage

New Zealand mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay who on 29 May became the first climbers confirmed to have reached the summit of the world's tallest mountain, Mount Everest in the Himalayas

Sir Edmund Hillary drinks a celebratory cup of tea at Camp IV, surrounded by the relative comforts of a high-altitude campsite after his and Tenzing Norgay's successful ascent.

Sir Edmund Hillary drinks a celebratory cup of tea at Camp IV, surrounded by the relative comforts of a high-altitude campsite after ascending Everest with Tenzing Norgay.

It’s a beautiful world - Namche Bazaar, popular among trekkers especially for altitude acclimatization in Khumbu region, Nepal (by stevefhobbs).

Namche Bazaar - a town in Nepal Solukhumbu district, which lies at an altitude of 3440 m above sea level Khumbu glacier in the region in the Sagarmatha National Park. UNESCO World Heritage Site.

New Zealand mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008) and Nepali Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay (1915-1986) were the first climbers confirmed as having reached the summit of Mount Everest, on May 29, 1953.

Edmund Hillary et son sherpa Tensing Norgay atteignent le sommet de l'Everest pour la première fois, en // New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest, in

Map of route to top of Mt. Everest. Black line is the route used by Sir Edmund Hillary. The triangles are base camps established by later climbers. Associated Press image with labels added by The Times in the 1950s.

Edmund Hillary's route to the top

Map of route to top of Mt. Black line is the route used by Sir Edmund Hillary. The triangles are base camps established by later climbers. Associated Press image with labels added by The Times in the

Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay make history by being the first to summit Mount Everest.

On 29 May Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers confirmed to have reached the summit of Mount Everest. They were part of the ninth British expedition to Everest, led by John Hunt.

Ed Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.

Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in Wellington, taken 11 August 1971 by an unidentified Evening Post staff photographer. On the May 1953 Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were the first men to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

On May 29, 1953, Mount Everest was conquered as Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and sherpa Tenzing Norgay of Nepal became the first climbers to reach the summit.

May Mount Everest was conquered as Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and sherpa Tenzing Norgay of Nepal became the first climbers to reach the summit.

Sir Edmund Hillary, first to climb Mount Everest.

Sir Edmund Hillary, first to climb Mount Everest, died in 1988 at the age of He lived to a good age and felt like his life was satisfactory.

Sir Edmund Hillary

Sir Edmund Hillary - Born in Auckland, New Zealand. climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest

Crevasse - The Western Cwm    Courtesy of Alfred Gregory Archive. Source Photographica. All rights reserved.

Alfred Gregory - The Western Cwm Party, Mount Everest Expedition 1953

LIFE cover: Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay

HISTORY: LIFE magazine features rare photos of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzig Norgay on Mount Everest, 1953

Sir Edmund Hillary

In Sir Edmund Hillary was the first climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest. He started mountaineering as a young boy, climbing.

Entrance To The Western Cwm    Courtesy of Alfred Gregory Archive. Source Photographica.   All rights reserved.

Entrance To The Western Cwm Courtesy of Alfred Gregory Archive. All rights reserved.

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