Following Tenzing’s achievement, the then prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, established the now world famous Himalayan Mountaineering Institute where the mountaineer served as the field director and the adviser till his death on May 9, 1986.
But 14 years on, only a few people were seen paying homage to Tenzing at his samadhi here, apart from the 100-odd people of the Sherpa community, including Tenzing’s own family members, and the HMI authorities.
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“I do not know what has happened. I do not even know why he has been forgotten. But I am here to pay my homage to him today,” said Nima Norbu, an Everester.
Incidentally, May 29 was so dear to Tenzing that he even celebrated his birthday on this day.