The name of the Indian climber Tsewang Palzhora is not known to everyone, but his nickname - Green Shoes - is known to all climbers. It is noteworthy that Palzhor received this nickname after his death, and today everyone who climbs the Northern Slope to Mount Everest knows that Green Boats is a mark of 8500 m.
The tragedy that happened on Everest in May 1996 was called the Tragedy on Chomolungma (English The Everest disaster), and everyone who is even a little interested in mountains and mountain climbing has certainly heard about it. In general, 1996 became a terrible year for the conquerors of the Top of the World - that year 15 climbers did not go down, and it was 1996 that became the most tragic year in the history of Everest.
So, in May 1996, Chief Constable Tsewang Paljor was one of six climbers of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) to conquer Mount Everest. In addition to actually conquering the mountain, the climbers had another task - they were the first this season and laid trails and fastened the cables, which are then used by other climbers. When a blizzard began on the slope of the mountain, three decided to descend, and three others, among whom was Palzhor, decided to go further.
On May 10 at 15.45, Paljor and his comrades Subedar Tsewang Samanla and Lance Naik Dorje Morup contacted the base camp by radio and reported that they had reached the summit.
After checking the boxes, the climbers performed a religious ceremony and decided to descend, but none of the climbers made it to the camp. It was said that from the intermediate camp, their comrades saw two lights on their headlamps - this presumably was Paljor and Morup.
For the next several days, a blizzard raged on the North Slope, and the rescue teams returned with nothing. By the way, despite the bad weather, on May 11 and 13, a Japanese group of climbers from Fukuoka climbed to the summit. Later, violent disputes flared up - the Japanese met three Indian climbers, frostbitten and in need of help, but continued their ascent without offering them help. Later, violent disputes flared up - the Japanese met three Indian climbers, frostbitten and in need of help, but continued their ascent without offering them help. However, the Japanese themselves denied the accusations.
The body of Tsewang Palzhor was discovered a little later, at an elevation of 8500 meters - he was lying crooked, face down, and only his green climbing boots stood out as a bright spot on the white snow. It is technically very difficult to remove Palzhor's body from the mountain, and therefore he remains there. The dispute about whether the Japanese climbers could help Paljor remains unfinished.
So, climbing Everest along the Northern slope of the mountain, at an altitude of 8500 meters, that is, literally a few hundred meters before the summit, you can see Tsewang Palzhora-Green boats. He is still there, his body clearly visible from the trail. His nickname - Green Boats - has become firmly established in the lexicon of Everest, and has become much more famous than the name of the Indian himself, the senior constable of the Indo-Tibetan border service.
In 2007, British climber Ian Woodall, who was also on Everest in May 1996 and led a South African expedition, attempted to get to Paljor's body and bury it on the mountain. Due to the deteriorating weather, his plans were not destined to come true.
By a tragic coincidence, in 2006 Palzhor had a 'neighbor' - the English climber David Sharp, who conquered the summit alone and did not manage to get down. So, Sharpe's body lies very close, and in all this the tragedy sounds even clearer - after all, several groups went up and down past the dying, freezing Sharpe, and no one helped (and did not even try) to help him.
So, Green Shoes, mark 8, 500 meters on the North Slope of Everest, is a kind of reminder that even in the highest and most difficult mountains it is necessary to remain a person, and not just a conqueror of a harsh peak.