Tenzing Norgay was known as the Tiger of the Snows because of his passion for mountains and mountaineering. His story is an inspiration to all, the story of a person from a very humble background who dared to dream of reaching the highest peak in the world. It is the story of his indomitable spirit which saw him attempt Everest several times, before finally reaching its summit along with Edmund Hillary on 29 May 1953. Tenzing's best-known legacy to Indian mountaineering is the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), which he returned almost up to his death in 1986. Here he used the skills he'd learned over a lifetime and passed them down to younger generations. They were simple skills-courage, determination, resourcefulness and the ability to face challenges-skills that were the secret of his success and made him a figure as large as the mountains he loved.