Jamling Tenzing Norgay

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Jamling Tenzing Norgay
Island peak summit.jpg
Jameling Tenzing Norgay at the Island Peak summit
Born (1965-04-23) 23 April 1965 (age 53)
OccupationMountaineer/ Motivational Speaker
Spouse(s)Sonam Yangchen
ChildrenDeki Tenzing, Dechen Tenzing, Pelzom Tenzing
Parent(s)Tenzing Norgay
Jamling Tenzing Norgay with Dalai Lama

Jamling Tenzing Norgay (Nepali: जम्लिंग तेन्जिंग नोर्गे; born 23 April 1965) is a Nepali and Indian Sherpa mountain climber.[1]


Norgay is the son of Nepali mountaineer and guide Tenzing Norgay (who first climbed Mount Everest in 1953 with Sir Edmund Hillary) and Daku, his third wife. Jamling Tenzing Norgay himself later followed in his father's footsteps and climbed Everest in 1996 with a team led by David Breashears that also included mountaineer Ed Viesturs and Araceli Segarra, an experience documented in the 1998 IMAX film Everest. In 2002, he and Peter Hillary, the son of Edmund Hillary, were part of an expedition to climb Everest and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first ascent.[2]

Norgay went on to write Touching My Father's Soul, a book documenting his experiences on the summit attempt. The book was notable for the frankness with which it discussed the relationship between the often wealthy climbers and the Sherpas who obtain their incomes from assisting expeditions. Norgay's book was the first to discuss from the Sherpas' point of view of the disastrous May 1996 climbing season, in which twelve climbers died. It noted, for example, that little notice is taken when Sherpas die, but much attention is focused when those lost are clients.[2]

Norgay is an alumnus of Northland College.[1]


  • Norgay, Jamling Tenzing (2001), Touching my father's soul: a Sherpa's journey to the top of Everest (reprint ed.), HarperSanFrancisco, ISBN 978-0-06-251688-6
  • Hartemann, Frederic V.; Hauptman, Robert; Norgay, Jamling Tenzing (2005), The mountain encyclopedia: an A-Z compendium of more than 2,300 terms, concepts, ideas, and people, Taylor Trade, ISBN 978-1-58979-161-9
In 2003, Jamling Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary receiving Everest 50 Years Award from Prime Minister of India