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Nawang Gombu
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(1936– )
Tenzing Norgay’s nephew, and one of the youngest Sherpas in 1953, Nawang Gombu carried a load twice to the South Col. He took part in several later expeditions, reaching the summit of Everest with the Americans in 1963 and with the Indians in 1965, becoming the first man to reach the summit of Everest twice.
Born and raised in Tibet, Nawang studied as a boy at the Rongbuk monastery, before running away to Darjeeling. There, he became an instructor at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (set up in 1954 under Tenzing Norgay’s directorship), and eventually Field Director on his uncle’s retirement.
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