May 29th marks the 60th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay's Mt Everest ascent.
On the morning of May 29, 1953, New Zealand's Sir Edmund Hillary along with Nepal's Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to conquer Mt Everest.
They were given a hero's welcome when they returned from the the 8,850-metre peak.
Born in Auckland on July 20, 1919, Hillary led an uneventful life as a beekeeper until he achieved his Everest triumph at the age of 33.
Tenzing was chosen as his climbing partner.
An exhibition of photographs is among the events underway to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the climb. The images include shots of climbers scaling Everest.
About 4, 000 climbers have reached the top of the mountain since Hillary and Tenzing's feat in 1953.