Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Chomolungma!

Chomolungma means Holy Mother of the Earth. Europeans named it as Peak XV; later renamed after George Everest.

May 29, 1953 Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary made the first official ascent of the top of the highest mountain.

Chomolungma from Tibet

It was a great day.

Tenzing became the Tiger, and Hillary became the Lion.

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay

News of the expedition's success reached London on the morning of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, 2 June. Returning to Kathmandu a few days later, Hunt and Hillary discovered that they had been promptly knighted in the Order of the British Empire, a KBE, for the ascent.

Lukla airport was named after Tenzing and Hillary. It is one of the busy airports in the World.