70 years ago, Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay made history by climbing Mount Everest. Today is Everest Day in Nepal, commemorating their
70 years ago, Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay made history by climbing Mount Everest. Today is Everest Day in Nepal, commemorating their achievement and their ongoing legacy. Sir Edmund, described as a humble New Zealander, downplayed the accomplishment despite facing challenges during the climb. He dedicated his life to working with Sherpa communities and improving their lives through initiatives such as health, education, and clean water. The Himalayan Trust, led by Sir Ed’s sons and Tenzing’s family, continues this work. However, there is also a sad legacy, as 318 people have died on Everest over the past century. Nowadays, climbing the mountain has become a costly endeavor, with climbers paying large sums of money to join the queue to the top. The changing climate is also affecting the mountain, with melting snow and ice transforming its appearance. Despite these changes, people are still drawn to Everest, seeking their own adventure and a connection to the historic ascent of Sir Edmund and Tenzing.