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1953 Everest expedition Sherpa dies; HILLARY.

THE youngest Sherpa mountaineer in the first team to scale Mount Everest in 1953 died aged 79 yesterday.

Nawang Gombu joined Sir Edmund Hillary and his uncle Tenzing Norgay for their famous climb aged 21.

Although he did not reach the summit with them, he later became the first person to conquer the world's highest mountain twice.

He was one of the last "Tigers of the Snow" - a group which inspired India's Himalayan Mountaineering Institute - and the Queen awarded him a Coronation Medal.

He died in Darjeeling, India, after a short illness.

Famous mountaineer Capt Mohan Singh Kohli said: "Not only an outstanding climber, Gombu was a fine person who guided Indian mountaineering to a greater height."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 25, 2011
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