• Jun 10, 2023
  • By Arun Raj Dhakal

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Seventy years ago, on May 29, 1953, a historic event unfolded that would forever change the course of mountaineering history. It marked the day when Sir Edmund Hillary, a mountaineer from New Zealand, and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, an experienced climber from Nepal, became the first people to reach the top of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. This was a really big deal in the world of climbing and it also inspired a lot of people to go on their own adventures. Now, as we celebrate the seventy-year anniversary of this amazing achievement, let's take a closer look at why it was so important and how it still matters to us today.

The Journey Begins:

The arduous expedition to conquer Mount Everest commenced months before the historic summit. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, along with their team of skilled climbers embarked on a challenging adventure, braving treacherous terrain, extreme weather conditions, and altitude sickness. Their preparation involved meticulous planning, rigorous training, and unwavering determination to overcome the seemingly insurmountable challenges that awaited them.

The Ascent:

As Hillary and Norgay ascended higher, they encountered numerous obstacles that tested their physical and mental endurance. Scaling the treacherous Khumbu Icefall, navigating through the treacherous Lhotse Face, and battling the unpredictable weather conditions demanded exceptional mountaineering skills and unwavering focus. With each step, they pushed the limits of human capability, inching closer to the ultimate goal of conquering the world's highest summit.

The Summit Triumph:

After weeks of relentless effort and unwavering perseverance, Hillary and Norgay finally stood atop the summit of Mount Everest, gazing upon a breathtaking panorama that few had ever witnessed. Their success was a testament to human resilience, teamwork, and the indomitable spirit of exploration. At that moment, they etched their names in history and opened up new frontiers of possibility for future generations of mountaineers. 

Legacy and Impact:

The first successful ascent of Mount Everest by Hillary and Norgay sparked a global fascination with mountaineering and inspired countless adventurers to test their limits. It paved the way for further exploration of the world's highest peaks and ignited a spirit of adventure in the hearts of millions all over the world. Their triumph also brought attention to the Sherpa community, highlighting their invaluable role in mountaineering expeditions and their remarkable mountaineering skills.

Beyond the Summit:

The impact of Hillary and Norgay's achievements extended far beyond the realm of mountaineering. It symbolized the triumph of human ambition, resilience, and relentless pursuit of dreams. Their accomplishment became a source of national pride for Nepal and New Zealand, uniting people across borders and cultures. It also showcased the power of collaboration, as Hillary and Norgay's successful summit would not have been possible without the support and guidance of the Sherpa community.

Inspiration for Future Generations:

This remarkable day of 29th May is dedicated to the legacy of Hillary and Norgay, which continues to inspire adventurers and Mountaineers from around the world even after Seventy years. Their extraordinary achievement serves as a reminder that with determination, perseverance, and respect for nature, we can overcome even the most formidable challenges. Their story encourages us to push beyond our limits, embrace the unknown, and embark on our own personal quests for greatness.


Seventy years have passed since the first footmark was placed on the top of the world, Mount Everest, yet the significance of both climbers' achievements remains as powerful as ever. Ever since its first ascent, several records have been made, and many are about to be made but the first footmark at the top will always remain on human history. As we celebrate their triumph, let us draw inspiration from their extraordinary journey and strive to conquer our own metaphorical summits, believing that no dream is too high to reach.



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