Nawang Gombu, nephew of Tenzing Norgay, was the 1st man to summit Mt. Everest twice.
Nawang Gombu first exhibited the determination that would take him to the top when he was a little boy. He escaped from a Buddhist Monastery in Tibet when he was only 11 years old. In a journey of cinematic proportions, he and a friend plotted their break, left under cover of darkness and crossed the 19,000 ft. Nangpa La pass to Nepal with little more than the clothes on their back.
As he ran from the harsh conditions of a monastic life, he raced towards the adventure of a life as a mountain climber--a decision that would change everything for a poor Sherpa child.
His contributions to alpine climbing instruction launched a new, safer style of mountaineering in the Himalayas, and he used his resources to promote Sherpa culture and secure funds for the families of Sherpa climbers who died while climbing.
Gombu's story is an inspiration to people in all walks of life. We've spent the last year and a half working on a documentary to share his story with people around the world.
Viewers will hear some of the most successful early mountaineers: Jim Whittaker, Tom Hornbein, Norman Dyhrenfurth and Dick Pownall from the American Everest Expedition in 1963; Col. "Bull" Kumar and Major Harry Ahluwalia from the Indian Everest Expedition '65, Jim Wickwire (K2 '78), Phil Ershler and Lhatoo Dorjee.
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