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Il y a 60 ans, l’Everest accueillait Hillary et son sherpa Norgay

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Sixty years ago today New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay made the first confirmed ascent of the world’s tallest peak which reaches 29,029 feet. Since then thousands of people have made the attempt, with many perishing. Just last week 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura became the oldest person to reach the summit for the third time, although he said that he nearly died on the descent and that this would be his last time. The 1953 expedition that took Hillary and Norgay to the top ended with a stay of just 15 minutes, with Norgay leaving chocolates in the snow and Hillary leaving a cross that was given to him by Army Colonel John Hunt, the leader of the British expedition.

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Tenzing Norgay, left, and Sir Edmund Hillary on their historic ascent of Mount Everest in 1953. (Associated Press)

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Sir Edmund Hillary and fellow climbers, on Mount Everest in 1953 during the first credited ascent to the mountain peak. (New York Times)

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Sherpa Tenzing Norgay stands on the summit of Mount Everest May 29, 1953 after he and climbing partner Edmund Hillary became the first people to reach the highest point on Earth. (Edmund Hillary/Royal Geographical Society via Associated Press)

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From left; Colonel John Hunt, Tenzing Norgay (better known as Sherpa Tensing), and Edmund Hillary make a jubilant return to Britain after becoming the first men to scale Mount Everest. (George W. Hales/Hulton Archive via Getty Images) bp5

Sir Edmund Hillary, left, and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa smile after summiting the Mount Everest in 1953 in this undated handout photograph. Nepali Sherpa friends of Sir Hillary, who died on January 11, 2008, lit butter lamps and offered special Buddhist prayers in monasteries for the mountaineer, calling him a great philanthropist and friend of Nepal. Hillary, who scaled Mount Everest in 1953 along with Nepal’s Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, spent much of his life afterwards helping Sherpa communities in Nepal, including projects to build hospitals and schools. (Norgay Archive via Reuters)

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Media film the statues of Edmund Hillary, left, and Tenzing Norgay during a function to mark the 60th anniversary of successful ascent of Mount Everest, in Katmandu, Nepal, on May 29, 2013. Hillary and Norgay were the first people to set foot on the peak of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953. (Niranjan Shrestha/Associated Press)

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Aerial photograph of Mount Everest (back-center) and Everest’s West Shoulder with Nuptse (Right – 8848m) on May 15, 2003 on the Nepal – Tibet border. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images))

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Members of the E3 99 Everest Extreme Expedition negotiate a three ladder bridge over the Camp 1 crevasse at 19,500 feet on Mount Everest in Nepal, on May 13, 1999, testing vital sign monitors and gathering additional information on hypoxia and acclimatization. (Associated Press)

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Mountaineers pass through the treacherous Khumbu Icefall on their way to Mount Everest near Everest Base camp, Nepal, on May 18, 2003. With the weather providing a safer window for summit attempts starting May 19, many teams, including the joint Indo-Nepalese army, Korean and Japanese have left for attempting to climb the world’s highest peak. (Gurinder Osan/Associated Press)

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Climbers from various countries descend Khumbu Icefall on their way back to Base Camo on May 22, 2013 after summiting Mount Everest . May is the most popular month for Everest climbs because of more favorable weather. Earlier this month, an 80-year-old Japanese man Yuichiro Miura became the oldest conqueror of Mount Everest and Raha Moharrak became the first woman from Saudi Arabia to scale the peak. (Pasang Geljen Sherpa/Associated Press)

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A golden glow envelopes as the sun sets on the worlds highest mountain, center, seen from Kalapathar, on the trail to Everest, Nepal, on Nov. 15, 1983. Hundreds and thousands of mountaineers and mountain lovers have gathered in Katmandu to take part in various celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest by Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgey on May 29, 1953. (Bikas Das/Associated Press)

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80-year-old Japanese extreme skier Yuichiro Miura stands atop the summit of Mount Everest as he becomes the oldest person to climb the world’s tallest mountain May 23, 2013. Miura, who also conquered the peak when he was 70 and 75, reached the summit at 9:05 a.m. local time, according to a Nepalese mountaineering official and Miura’s Tokyo-based support team. (MIURA DOLPHINS Co., Ltd via Associated Press)

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Tents glow in the twilight as clouds cover Everest Base Camp in Nepal on May 22, 2003. Many teams have rescheduled their summit attempt due to bad weather, even as some managed to reach the summit of Mount Everest from the south side, first climbed this season by the Indian-Nepalese army team early Thursday. (Gurinder Osan/Associated Press)

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Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags are seen on the summit of Mount Everest on May 18, 2013 in the Khumbu region of the Nepal Himalayas. Nepal celebrated the 60th anniversary of the conquest of Mount Everest on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, by honoring climbers who followed in the footsteps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. (ALPENGLOW EXPEDITIONS via Associated Press)

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