Sir Edmund Hillary

The first person who reached Everest's summit

How He Got Interested in Climbing

Sir Edmund Hillary grew up in New Zealand and it was New Zealand that he became interested in mountain climbing. After climbing many different peaks he was finally ready to confront the world's hightest mountain, Everest.

How long did it take?

Wow! They did it in seven weeks!

After years of dreaming about it and seven weeks of climbing, Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Tenzing Norgay reached the top of Mount Everest at 11:30 a.m. on May 29, 1953. Until then it had been viewed a challenge by some and unclimbable by others.

Five Interesting Facts about Sir Edmund Hillary

  1. Hillary's father was a beekeeper and Hillary happened to follow in his footsteps. This job allowed Hillary to climb mountains in the winter.
  2. When Sir Edmund Hillary finished his Everest expedition a letter arrived for him bearing the address of "Sir Edmund Hillary KBE".
  3. Hilary and his son Peter became the first to introduce jet boats to India's Ganges river.
  4. He returned to Nepal many times dedicating his later years to improving life in the mountains.
  5. Hillary became the first person to appear on a bank note in 1990.
  6. The obvious one: he was the first person to reach Everest's summit and that is why we are presenting him.