Jamling Tenzing Norgay – Keynote Speaker

Son of Sherpa Tenzing, who climbed with Sir Edmund Hilary on the first ascent of Everest

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Specialist Subjects

  • Motivation
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership


  • English


Jamling Tenzing Norgay is an Indian-Nepali Sherpa Everest climber, a mountain guide, author and motivational speaker. In 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary and his father Tenzing Norgay became the first men to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Retracing his father’s footsteps, Norgay summited Mount Everest in 1996, and was the star of the awe-inspiring IMAX documentary ‘Everest’.

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,” it captured for the first time on large format film the breathtaking view from Everest’s summit. It also depicts the selflessness exhibited by Norgay and his companions in risking their own lives to save 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. In 2002, Norgay and Peter Hillary, the son of Edmund Hillary, were part of an expedition to climb Everest and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first ascent.

Norgay is a successful motivational speaker, who uses the little known story of his father’s historic climb of 1953, and his own 1996 Everest climb, as well as the Sherpa culture, to teach crucial lessons. His presentations demonstrate that success is dependent on leadership, planning, confidence, commitment, apprenticeship, experience, and humility – all in a measured balance. Norgay brings to life a profound and compelling adventure, interweaving the lives of a family, a mountain and a people, and of climbers facing nearly insurmountable obstacles. He lectures to a variety of organisations, groups, corporations and universities.

Today Jamling runs his adventure travel company, Tenzing Norgay Adventures, and now personally guides Treks and Trekking peaks in Sikkim, Bhutan and Nepal. He also continues his involvement with the Tenzing Norgay Climbing Club that he started in 1997, to help motivate children away from the streets.

Norgay released his book “Touching My Father’s Soul” in 2001, and it has been released in 18 languages since then. His book has reached the 24 spot on the New York Times Bestsellers list, and No. 15 in Germany. It has been nominated for 3 awards in Canada, London and the U.S.

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