#2. Tenzing Norgay – Nepal
Any list of famous mountain climbers is not complete without Tenzing Norgay, the Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer who was born and brought up in Khumbu in northeastern Nepal. He is also one of the two individuals, apart from Sir Edmund Hillary, to reach the summit of Mount Everest on the 29th of May 1952.
Norgay was also named as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century at that time, apart from Sir Edmund Hilary. He received the George Medal from Queen Elizabeth II for his achievement in climbing the Mount Everest. Norgay was also awarded the prestigious Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in the year 1959 and Order of the Star of Nepal by King Tribhuvan in the year 1953 for his effort in mountain climbing especially conquering the summit Everest.
#3. Reinhold Messner – Italy
Reinhold Messner is an Italian explorer and mountaineer who is widely regarded as one of the best mountain climbers ever. Besides mountain climbing, he is also known to have authored 63 books. Messner’s first successful expedition to Himalayan eight-thousanders was in 1970, with his ascent of the Nanga Parbat.
Thereafter he summited all of the eight-thousander peaks in the world and became the first climber in the world with verified ascents of all the 14 eight-thousanders without bottles oxygen. Messner also conquered many other great mountains including Mount Godwin-Austen in 1979, Kangchenjunga in 1982, Lhotse in 1986, Makalu in 1986, Cho Oyu in 1983, Dhaulagiri in 1985, Manaslu in 1972 and Annapurna in 1985.
#4. Lino Lacedelli – Italy
Lino Lacedelli is also an Italian mountaineer who was the first person to reach the summit of K2 also known as Mount Godwin-Austen on the 31st of July 1954 along with Achille Compagnoni. This first successful ascent was done via the Abruzzi Ridge.
Lacedelli has also authored two bestselling books based on mountaineering experience named “The Mountains of My Life” in 1995 and “K2: The Price of Conquest” in 2004. He passed away on the 20th of November 2009 at the age of 83.