Swiss Everest 50th Anniversary Expedition 1952-2002

"Geneva – Everest 1952 – 2002"

"Raymond Lambert and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay sitting together" Everest 1952

photosã collection AGEC Hoffstetter

A moving homage 50 years on

Reaching the summit 50 years afterwards to pay homage to these pioneers is a dream that has become reality for a group of Swiss mountaineers. Some of them are related to members of the 1952 expedition, and one was even in the original team. Having returned to Katmandu in fine fettle, the climbers can finally savour their victory. To a man, they say: “There are no words to describe our feelings and our joy. We need time to realize just what we have achieved, to let it all sink in.”

Rolex, the expedition’s main sponsor, feels strongly that the “expedition has allowed us to live and relive some indelible moments. The members of the team deserve all our respect, recognition and acclaim”.

A story of friendship between the team and the Sherpas

Apart from the sporting and scientific aspects involved, the Geneva climbers’ attempt on Everest in 1952 is above all a story of friendship between the members of the expedition and the Sherpas. Filled with admiration for their trusty Nepalese companions, the team had agreed that the Sherpas should join with them in their assault on the still inviolate summit. Perhaps this is the very essence of that stirring adventure: the exemplary journey of a group of men united in the idea of sharing and solidarity, of discovering a people and its “Mother God of the Winds”, Chomolungma, the true name of Mount Everest.

The members of the 1952 expedition...

The 1952 expedition was led by Dr E. Wyss-Dunant and counted the greatest Geneva climbers of the time: 

-                     René Dittert (chief technician)

-                     Jean-Jacques Asper

-                     René Aubert

-                     Gabriel Chevalley

-                     Léon Flory

-                     Ernest Hoffstetter

-                     Raymond Lambert

-                     André Roch

-                     Sherpa Tenzing Norgay

...and the 2002 expedition

-          Stéphane Schaffter (born 2 February 1953), organizer, expedition leader and cameraman specializing in high-altitude photography

-          Yves Lambert (5 January 1961), son of Raymond Lambert

-          Jean-Jacques Asper (7 September 1926), member of the 1952 expedition

-          Tashi Tenzing (30 November 1965), grandson of Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and the film’s narrator

-          Apa Sherpa (20 January 1957), has taken part in 11 ascents of Everest

-          Jean Troillet (10 March 1948), Swiss climber and Himalayas expert

-          Philippe Arvis (15 June 1962), doctor

-     Guillaume Vallot (10 June 1970), photographer and mountaineer

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