Famous Mountaineers - List of Famous Mountaineers

Throughout history mountaineers from all over the world have attempted to scale the lofty peaks of formidable mountains like Mount Everest, K2, Kangchenjunga, and many others. While some like New Zealand mountaineer Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Indian Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were successful in creating history by becoming the first ever human beings to reach the summit of Mount Everest—the Earth's highest mountain—many others like Rob Hall and Sherpa mountaineer Babu Chiri Sherpa died on the very mountain they set out to conquer. Mountaineering is a risky profession, even though it is highly adventurous and exciting. In attempting to scale mighty mountain peaks, the mountaineers take a huge risk—they might even lose their lives in their ambitious endeavors! But then, it is the very risk it carries that makes mountaineering such a thrilling adventure. Though it is difficult to imagine mountaineering without the aid of modern equipment and communication facilities, daredevils like the prominent 19th century physicist, John Tyndall, ventured into the Alps in the 1850s and became associated with the golden age of alpinism. This section provides you information about the life and works of various famous mountaineers from all over the world.

The Most Famous Mountaineers

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Heinrich HarrerJuly 6, 1912AustrianHeinrich Harrer was an Austrian mountaineer who was a part of the team that made the first ascent of the formidable north wall of the Eiger.
Tenzing NorgayMay 29, 1914NepaliTenzing Norgay was a Nepalese Indian mountaineer who was one of the first two individuals to set foot on the summit of Mount Everest.
Rob HallJanuary 14, 1961New ZealanderRob Hall was a legendary New Zealand mountaineer, who scaled Mt
Barry BishopJanuary 13, 1932AmericanBarry Bishop was an American mountaineer who scaled the Mount Everest in 1963
Edmund HillaryJuly 20, 1919New ZealanderEdmund Hillary was a New Zealand mountaineer who along with Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
Anatoli BoukreevJanuary 16, 1958Russian, NepaliAnatoli Boukreev was a Russian mountaineer, who ascended some of the highest peaks on Earth in his lifetime
Heinrich Harrer

Heinrich Harrer

Heinrich Harrer was an Austrian mountaineer who was a part of the team that made the first ascent of the formidable north wall of the Eiger.

AustrianJuly 6, 1912425 views

Barry Bishop

Barry Bishop was an American mountaineer who scaled the Mount Everest in 1963

AmericanJanuary 13, 1932151 views

Tenzing Norgay

Tenzing Norgay was a Nepalese Indian mountaineer who was one of the first two individuals to set foot on the summit of Mount Everest.

NepaliMay 29, 1914360 views

Edmund Hillary

Edmund Hillary was a New Zealand mountaineer who along with Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

New ZealanderJuly 20, 1919140 views

Anatoli Boukreev

Anatoli Boukreev was a Russian mountaineer, who ascended some of the highest peaks on Earth in his lifetime

RussianJanuary 16, 1958124 views

Rob Hall

Rob Hall was a legendary New Zealand mountaineer, who scaled Mt