The Photo That Travelled Around the World ( 60 Years Ago Today )

tenzing-summit

In fact, by the time this photo was carried on the cover of every newspaper on the morning of June 2nd, the climbers were back at Base Camp, having actually reached the summit on May 29th. ┬áBut the news was held back for the morning of the Queen’s Coronation.

This is what Tenzing would have seen as he looked back down the way he had come, through the Western Cwm…

Summit view to Western Cwm

… and what he would have seen looking east towards Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world…

Makalu from Everest summit