Tashi Tenzing, grandson of Tenzing Norgay will lead a
commercial expedition to Cho Oyu in Spring 2005.
Tashi was born in Darjeeling, India on 30 November, 1965 -
youngest son of Pem Pem who is Tenzing Norgay's eldest daughter. Tenzing, with
Sir Edmund Hillary, made the first ascent of Everest on 29th May 1953. Tashi's
mother is also a climber. She was a member of the 1959 International Women's
Expedition to Cho Oyu, in Nepal - the 7th highest mountain in the world - an
expedition which ended tragically in the death of two climbers.
Tashi spent his childhood in Darjeeling, the famed British
hill station and tea growing area. He attended St Paul's School - a private
boarding school in the strict British tradition. He made himself quite a name
in the outdoor education field, excelling at distance and sprint running,
soccer, cricket, gymnastics, karate, hockey and horse-riding as well as in
more artistic pursuits such as oil painting and batik.
Tashi then went on to the University of New Delhi to gain a
Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. But his first love has always been the
outdoors and, especially climbing. He was solely responsible for establishing
the Delhi University Climbing Club and excelled at all the climbing and
outdoor adventure course at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in
Darjeeling. This Institute was established by his grandfather, Tenzing Norgay,
after Everest to offer professional climbing instruction to all Indian people.
It now has a great tradition and a successful history of expeditions to the
great Himalayan peaks. Tashi graduated from HMI as an instructor and still
sometimes takes courses there as a guest Instructor.
In 1993 Tashi led the 40th
Anniversary Everest Expedition to mark the 40th anniversary of the first
successful expedition of his grandfather, Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. At last his
dream seemed in reach but it was also important to him for the sake of his
Sherpa people who supported him to the fullest in this bid. His team were
successful, getting two members to the summit on May 10th. Sadly Tashi's uncle
and climbing partner, Lobsang Tshering, fell to his death on the descent from
the summit. Tashi missed the summit by just 400m having to turn back with snow
However on May 23rd 1997
Tashi at last succeeded in reaching the summit of Everest - his life's dream
fulfilled and the road now clear to take on new adventures. In 1998/99 he
spent 9 months working for the Australian Antarctic Division at Mawson Station
in the Antarctic and now plans to add guiding in this icy wilderness to his
travel work. Tashi is married to an Australian, Judy, whom he met in Nepal
where they both worked as trekking guides. They have a son, Pasang Gyalpo,
aged 11 and a daughter, Dechen Lhamu, aged 7 years.
Tashi is now a successful
business owner, author and mountain climber. He motivates corporations and
organizations with his knowledge of the work ethic, focus and determination
of his people, the Sherpas of Mount Everest. Organizations around the world
use his keen insight as guide for refocusing their staff to achieve the
ultimate business goal, completion of the job at hand. From the sales staff
to the boardroom, your organization can benefit from Tashi Tenzing's lessons from
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