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The Tiger Badge

The Tiger Badge

At a Committee meeting of the Eastern Section of the Himalayan Club on 6th February 1939 it was decided to create a superior grade for experienced climbing porters, and to give them 8 annas (50 paise or half a rupee) a day extra pay beyond the rate paid to others, for work above the snow-line. It was suggested that these men should be given the name of ‘Tigers’, together with a badge representing a Tiger’s head. A year after the 1939 decision was taken The Himalayan Journal published a list of the first recipients of the TIGER badge.

The last list was published in 1967 so it was updated until then. Subsequently, many Sherpa Tigers died, the last one being Nawang Topgay in 2012. As per our knowledge, one medalist is still alive in Darjeeling – Sona. He was awarded a Tiger Badge for his effort on Everest in 1965.

The list below is the official roll of awards of the Tiger Badge up to August 31, 1967.

Date of Minute Name H/C No. Expedition
30-05-1939 Lewa 46 Everest 1938
  Pasang Kikuli 8 Not known
  Kusang Namgir 9 Not known
  Ang Tharkay 19 Everest 1938
  Wangdi Norbu 25 Not known
  Lakpa Tenzing 30 Everest 1938
  Renzing 32 Not known
  Tenzing Norgay 48 Everest 1938
  Dawa Thondup 49 K2 1939
  Dawa Tsering 53
  Palden 54
  Pasang Dawa Lama 139
  Lobsang 144
  Ang Tenzing 3
31-04-1940 Ang Tenzing 51
  Aila 61
  Gender 91
21-07-1953 Ang Tempa III 155 Everest 1953
  Anullu 170 Everest 1953
  Ajiba 10 Everest 1952
  Ang Tsering 36 Everest 1952
  Sarki 151 Everest 1952
  Da Namgyal 157 Everest 1952
  Dawa Tenzing 173 Everest 1953
  Ang Nima 176 Everest 1953
  Pasang Phuta 188 Everest 1953
  Ang Namgyal 190 Everest 1953
  Gompu 191 Everest 1953
30-05-1956 I-la Tenzing 85 Kanchengjunga 1955
  Ang Norbu 172 Kanchengjunga 1955
  Tashi I 178 Kanchenjunga 1955
  Ang Temba IV 179 Kanchengjunga 1955
  Urken 232 Kanchenjunga 1955  
  Gyalzen Nuru 163 Makalu 1955
  Gundin 167 Makalu 1955
  Ang Phuta 186 Makalu 1955
  Ang Nima 132 Dhaulagiri 1955
12-02-1960 Sonam Girney Nil Everest 1960
  Ang Norbu Nil Everest 1960
  Da Norbu 193 Everest 1960
  Pemba Sundar 182 Everest 1960
27-04-1962 Wangdi Nil Jannu 1959
  Da Norbu 161 Jannu 1959
09-08-1962 Mingma Tsering 340 Makalu 1961
  Pemba Tenzing 341 Makalu 1961
  Nima Dorje 345 Makalu 1961
23-07-1964 Ang Tshering 203 Everest 1963
  Choetari 360 Everest 1963
  Girmin Dorje 229 Everest 1963
  Nawang Dorje 354 Everest 1963
  Ang Nyima 355 Everest 1963
  Phu Dorje 351 Everest 1963
30-07-1965 Dawa Norbu (Darjeeling) 322 Everest 1965
  Tashi (Darjeeling) 236 Everest 1965
  Karma (Darjeeling) 326 Everest 1965
  Sona (Darjeeling) 357 Everest 1965
  Kalden (Gangtok) 309 Everest 1965
  Tenzing Nendra (Khumjung) 362 Everest 1965
  Nawang Hilla (Khumjung) 363 Everest 1965
  Pasang Tendi (Khumjung) 364 Everest 1965
  Mingma Tshering (Phorche) 365 Everest 1965
  Tenzing Gyatso (Phorche) 366 Everest 1965
  Pemba Tharke (Phorche) 367 Everest 1965
  Nima Tenzing (Pangboche) 368 Everest 1965
  Dawa Tenzing (Namche) 369 Everest 1965
Tiger Badge