STAFF PROFILE - TASHI TENZING - MOUNTAIN GUIDE

Tashi's wealth of mountain knowledge make him one of our most respected mountain guides and a firm favourite with passengers from all corners of the globe.

Tashi is the grandson of Tenzing Norgay who, with Sir Edmund Hillary, made the first ascent of Everest on 29th May 1953. Tashi was born and educated in Darjeeling, India and gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of New Delhi. But his first love has always been the outdoors, especially climbing.

Since leaving University, Tashi has been almost solely employed in leading trekking and climbing trips in the Nepal, Tibet, Pakistan, Kashmir, and Indian Himalaya, as well as some stints as a field training officer and mountain guide in Antarctica. He has trekked widely in Nepal (especially the Everest area of course!), in Kashmir and Ladakh and in the eastern Himalaya of Bhutan and Sikkim.

Tashi also graduated as an instructor from the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling. This Institute was established by his grandfather, Tenzing Norgay, to offer professional climbing instruction to young Himalayan climbers. It has established a great tradition and a successful history of expeditions to the mighty Himalayan peaks.

In 1993 Tashi led the 40th Anniversary Everest Expedition to mark the 40th anniversary of the first successful expedition by his grandfather, Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. His team was successful, getting two members to the summit on May 10th. Some four years later, on May 23rd 1997, Tashi reached the summit of Everest himself. With this dream fulfilled, Tashi’s road was clear to embark on new adventures.

In 1998/99 Tashi first worked for the Australian Antarctic Division, at Mawson Station in East Antarctica. Recent years have seen Tashi again in the Antarctic, guiding alpine ascents on climbing trips for Aurora Expeditions, including two sucessfull crossings of South Georgia. He also worked on a filming a project in 2002/3, spending a month in Scott Base and two months in the Antarctic Peninsula.

In August 2001 Tashi and his former wife Judy published their first book - Tenzing and the Sherpas of Everest - which pays tribute to the immense contribution the Sherpas, including his grandfather Tenzing, have made to Himalayan exploration and mountaineering. The book is published worldwide.

On May 16th, 2002 Tashi made his second ascent of Everest with the Swiss Rolex 50th Anniversary team - to commemorate the gallant attempts made in both spring and autumn 1952 by Tenzing Norgay and his dear friend, Raymond Lambert. Tashi reached the summit with Apa Sherpa who has climbed Everest 12 times and Yves Lambert, son of the Swiss climbing legend. The dream of a father and grandfather are now fulfilled.

Tashi continues to lead mountain adventurers on Aurora Expeditions adventures in the Antarctic Peninsula, for more information, please call 1800 637 688