Jamling Tenzing Norgay, the "Son of the Everest Pioneer," did not idle in the shadow of paternal legacies. He is a member of a living dynasty of climbers, with 11 of his relatives summiting Mount Everest. Jamling's spiritual journey has led him to an attachment to the Himalayan region and its jagged 8000-meter peaks.
Because of his acclaimed mountaineering expertise, Jamling is a highly sought after guide who leads novices and experts alike into his hazardous domain, maintaining an ancient family profession in a modern era. Based upon his experience and reputation as a world renowned mountaineer, Jamling was also chosen as the Climbing leader of the International climbing team that created the awe-inspiring IMAX documentary film, 'Everest'.
Jamling recently entered the literary world with Touching My Father's Soul, (an International Best Seller) a poignant reflection on his relationship with his father and his 1996 Everest ascent.
Physical accomplishments aside, Jamling has been instrumental in bringing much needed social services to many of the more remote Himalayan villages.
His philanthropic contributions are as valued and honorable as his mountaineering endeavours.
Jamling was born on April 23, 1965, in Darjeeling, India, the fourth of six children.
In 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first men to reach the sacred summit of Mount Everest. Retracing his father's historic footsteps. Jamling Tenzing Norgay summited Mount Everest in 1996, just two weeks after nine people died in the mountains most deadly storm ever recorded.
Not only did Jamling Tenzing Norgay make it to the top of the world's most forbidding mountain - described by the Sherpa people as " The Mother Goddess of the World" - but he also helped capture it all on film.
As the star of Director David Breashears Imax film Everest, Jamling helped to portray not only the physical challenges of the Mountain, but also the mental and spiritual challenges faced by the climbers.
Described as the " Titanic of Documentaries," Everest has played to sold out audiences across the country, capturing for the first time on large format film the breathtaking view from Everest's summit. Filmed during the same spring that nine people on Everest died in a sudden storm, it depicts the selflessness exhibited by Jamling and his companions in risking their own lives to save their fellow climbers. For his bravery, Jamling received His Holiness The Dalai Lama's Award, as well as the National Citizen's award from the President of India. Jamling is the tenth person in the Norgay family to stand at the top of the world.
Jamling released his book "Touching My Father's Soul" in the spring of 2001 in San Francisco, and it has been released in 18 languages since then. His book has reached the 24 spot on the New York Times Best sellers list, and # 15 in Germany. It has been nominated for 3 awards in Canada, London and the U.S.
Today Jamling runs his adventure travel company "Tenzing Norgay Adventures" And now personally guides Treks and Trekking peaks in Sikkim, Bhutan and Nepal.
When he is not guiding he travels around the world doing lectures as a motivational speaker to a variety of Groups, Corporations and Universities. Sharing his personal experience about this 1996 Everest climb, his father's historic climb of 1953 and about the Sherpa culture.
He also continues his involvement with the "Tenzing Norgay Climbing Club" that he started in 1997 to help the kids off the streets.
Jamling is often asked whether there are more big summits in his future. " I promised my wife that after Everest, I would never climb again," says Norgay." I will not break my word.