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Sonam Wangyal

Sonam Wangyal
Born1942
Ladakh, India
AllegianceIndia
Awards
Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi meets the members of Indian Everest Expedition 1965 on the occasion of Golden Jubilee of this on 20 May 2015
Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi meets the members of Indian Everest Expedition 1965 on the occasion of Golden Jubilee of this on 20 May 2015
1965 Indian stamp dedicated to the 1965 Everest Expedition

Sonam Wangyal (born 1942) is a former Indian paramilitary personnel and mountaineer who climbed Mount Everest in 1965 at the age 23, making him the youngest summiter.[1][2] He was one of the nine summiters of the first successful Indian Everest Expeditions that climbed Mount Everest in May 1965 led by Captain M S Kohli,.[3][4][5][6][7][8] He is the 3rd Indian man, and 18th man in world, to have climbed Mount Everest. On 22 May 1965, the first time that the oldest (Sonam Gyatso at age 42) and the youngest (Sonam Wangyal at age 23) climbed Everest together.

Currently, he is serving as a principal at Sonam Gyatso Mountaineering Institute.[9]

Honors and awards

He was honoured with the Padma Shri in 1965,[10][11] followed by the Arjuna Award in 1965 and then Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2017 in lifetime achievement category.[12] He served as the Principal of the Sonam Gyatso Mountaineering Institute in Gangtok (Sikkim) from 1976 to 1990. He retired as Assistant Director of the Intelligence Bureau in 1993, and now lives in Leh.[13]

References

  1. ^ "Sonam Wangyal -". www.everesthistory.com.
  2. ^ M.S. Kohli (2000). Nine Atop Everest: Spectacular Indian Ascent. Indus Publishing. pp. 228–. ISBN 978-81-7387-111-5.
  3. ^ "First successful Indian Expedition of 1965-". www.istampgallery.com.
  4. ^ "First successful Indian Expedition of 1965-". www.thebetterindia.com.
  5. ^ "First successful Indian Expedition of 1965-". www.youtube.com.
  6. ^ Kohli, M. S. (December 2000). Nine Atop Everest-First successful Indian Expedition of 1965-. ISBN 9788173871115.
  7. ^ "The first Indians on Everest-First successful Indian Expedition of 1965-". www.livemint.com.
  8. ^ "The first Indians on Everest-First successful Indian Expedition of 1965-". www.himalayanclub.org.
  9. ^ "Sonam Wangyal: From Surviving a Chinese Ambush to Standing on Mt. Everest". The Wire. Retrieved 6 September 2021.
  10. ^ "Padma Shree for The first Indians on Everest on 1965-". www.dashboard-padmaawards.gov.in.
  11. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954–2013)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs.
  12. ^ "Arjuna Award for The first Indians on Everest on 1965-". www.sportsauthorityofindia.nic.in.
  13. ^ M.P. Nathanael (7 July 2002). "He has lived a hero's life". The Sunday Tribune. Retrieved 19 March 2014.

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