Tenzing Norgay on the summit of Chukhung Peak
John Hunt, leader of the 1953 expedition recalled that Tenzing was happiest when climbing. In 1953 the team climbed several lesser peaks in the Everest region to test equipment and fitness. When climbing together on Chukhung Peak at 19,400 feet Hunt realized how fit Tenzing was, “It showed me not only what a capable mountaineer he is, but also that he was, even at that time, fitter than any of us".
Photographer: John Hunt
Date: 3rd April 1953