Everest 50th Anniversary Expedition 1952-2002
– Everest 1952 – 2002"
5/16/2002: The Swiss team is back on the Col and
they will go down to BC tomorrow. It seems Jean
Troillet did not make it all the way (he was
climbing without O) but all others did. Lambert and Tenzing,
on the top of the world together, 50 year later
great moment for the Swiss and the Tenzing family!
We are sure Raymond Lambert and Tenzing Norgay
Sherpa would be very happy today !!!
was Apa Sherpa 12th summit of Everest !!!! This
was Tashi Tenzing second Summit of Everest, and
again there was NEVER a plan for him to meet
Hillary on the top!!!
5/16/2002 (In America): The Swiss team is on the
top of the world !!! At 9:15 AM Nepal time, the
Summit call! We were told: "Windy
but clear. ALL the Swiss team made it. They
are about to start down. Great news.", We
will need to confirm the who "ALL" is...
Update Note: Jean Troillet did not make the
during the day on Thursday !!!
5/15/2002: Tashi Tenzing, Apa Sherpa and the Swiss
left Wed night somewhere around 9 pm Nepal time.
It was very warm on the Col Wed afternoon. They
are optimistic about their chances. They were
expecting to move faster than the other teams so
the crowd should not be a problem. Apa was also
very "up". We hope to have a Summit call
soon! Stay Tuned!
5/15/2002 Reliable sources from Everest Camp 4
(south side), report to EverestNews.com that when
the Swiss team was preparing to leave "it was
windy (15-20 knots) and starting to snow. Can it
be a wrong call to stay put in such conditions?",
they asked, "Apa Sherpa has 11 Summits of
Everest..." At 8am this morning in Nepal, the
sources at Camp 4 said, "the clouds were
Update: "So they will wait and see if it
clears for tonight (Wed)." Sources again from
camp 4, state, "huge clouds were rolling in
from the east." Not good. "They have
enough oxygen for 1 more night then that is it. No
more O at any camp - so it's tonight or pack
up and go home." Stay tuned.
5/14/2002: Apa and a man named Tenzing to be first
up in 2002??
if it was Lambert and Tenzing first up in 2002!
Swiss team lead by Apa Sherpa, Jean Troillet, Stephane Schaffter,
Tashi Tenzing has left base camp to head for the
Summit ! Apa Sherpa, who has reached the Summit
more than any other person, has fixed the route on
the South side more times than any other man,
might do it again in 2002! The truly elite team of Mountaineers
are honoring the 50th anniversary of the
Swiss 1952 Expedition. In 1952, Jean-Jacques Asper,
Rene Dittert, Ernest Hofstetter, Gabriel Chevalley,
Rene Aubert, Leon Flory, Andre Roch and Raymond Lambert
all from Geneva attempted Everest via the Nepal side
of the mountain. This expedition set the way for the
Summit of Everest in 1953 by Hillary and Tenzing
Norgay. Raymond Lambert and Tenzing Norgay climbed
to 8600 meters without oxygen! The frontiers these
men journeyed were unknown at the time. Their
achievement was incomparable at the time.
2002 Stephane Schaffter (Summit of K2 in 85 and
more!), also from Geneva returned to Everest with
Tashi Tenzing, grandson of Tenzing Norgay, Apa Sherpa
(11 times Summits of Everest !), Jean Troillet (the
great one!), Guillaume Vallot, Yves Lambert (Raymond's
son !), and Jean-Jacques Asper and formed the core team
to return to the mountain! Jean-Jacques Asper, now 72,
was the youngest member of the 52 expedition. Philippe
Arvis is the expedition's doctor.
expedition is following the journey, after 50 years, of
Raymond Lambert. His son will attempt to walk for the first
time in his father's footsteps on Everest. Tashi
Tenzing, returns to the mountain where he followed
his grandfather's footsteps on May 23rd 1997 when he
reached the Summit of Everest. He took the record for
being the first time a third generation of one family
climbed Everest. The
expedition is climbing the Southeast ridge and has no
connection at all with either Peter Hillary or Jamling
Tenzing Norgay. Tashi,
now 37, guides some trips for Himalayan Kingdoms UK, but
does not work for them. He has his own company in
Australia - Tenzing's Journeys - and this is his major
occupation. He also guides in Antarctica for Aurora
Norgay had three wives and 6 children.... The first
was Dawa Phuti from Thamey Teng who is the mother of
Pem Pem (Tashi Tenzing's mother) and Nima. She died in
Chitral in 1944. Tenzing Norgay then married Ang Lhamu
who was with him throughout Everest and after. She was
childless but is the one Pem Pem and Nima regarded as
"mummy" and died in 1964 from cancer.
Tenzing Norgay’s third wife was Daku, who worked as
field staff for Himalayan Mountaineering Institute,
Darjeeling. She was the mother of Norbu -
born 1962, Jamling (now 36), Dhamey and Dikki (a
daughter). Daku, was from Chanyakpa above Thamey and
died in early 90s. Jamling, of course reached the
Summit of Everest on May 23, 1996.
desperately wanted to summit with Lambert and the
Swiss. It was a great disappointment to him that they
failed. He agreed rather half-heartedly to go again with
the British in 1953. He and Hillary were then not close but
Lambert pressed him to take the chance with the
Those 2 were very close. Tenzing and Hillary became
close friends late in life when Tenzing was ill in Delhi and
Ed was NZ High Commissioner to India. By then Tenzing
could speak quite good English and Sir Ed became
somewhat of a confidante. But Lambert was
the one for the summit as far as Tenzing was
concerned. That is why this Swiss anniversary climb is
so important to the family. Tashi and Yves Lambert
(Raymond's son) will climb together.