Green Boots on Everest: Landmark On Northeast Ridge Route

Who is Green Boots in Everest? The debate still remains over identity.

To those who don’t know, who is the Green Boots in Everest? Green Boots is named after a climber’s anonymous frozen dead body, which later became a landmark for climbers on the main Northeast ridge route of Mount Everest Summit Point.

Green Boots first came into the limelight after a British filmmaker and climber, Matt Dickinson, recorded video footage of Green Boots. If you are curious to see Green Boots face, you can check out the footage from “Summit Fever Brian Blessed Documentary” (1996).

Though the body has not been identified yet, it is believed to be of an Indian Climber, Tsewang Paljor. The fact that term Green Boots emerged due to the green-colored Koflach mountaineering boots on corpse feet in the limestone alcove cave at 8,500 m. It clearly appears to all who went from the north side for the expedition.

Let’s know Tsewang Paljor’s Biography:

Green Boots In Real Life: Who Is Tsewang Paljor?

Green Boots In Real Life: Who Is Tsewang Paljor

Tsewang Paljor was an Indo-Tibetan mountaineer born in Leh In Ladakh (Jammu Kashmir) on 28th April 1968. Middle child among five siblings, Paljor was raised by her mother, Tashi Angmo, with great love. Growing up, Paljor was humble and very down to earth.

Full of shyness, Paljor was never into lovey-dovey relationships, which is common in teenagers. Or let’s say he was never interested. Instead, he was a career-oriented person. Once, he even told his brother that, Paljor wanted to pursue his life to something bigger than just getting married and making a family.

Palijor studied until 10th grade and, after that, quit school. He then tried out for the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, and by age 18, he was already an agent at the ITBP in 1986.

As a mother, Tashi Angmo was very satisfied with Paljor jobs at the ITBP. However, he recognized that her mother’s support would only extend so far: certainly not to Mount Everest. After joining an elite group of climbers to summit mount Everest on the north side, he never told his mother about the expedition. Rather, he devised the small lie that he would climb a different mountain. No matter what, his mother learned the truth through some of his friends.

On 11 May 1996, Tsewang Paljor died in a storm. On that unfortunate day, eight people lost their lives in the 1996 Mount Everest disaster.

”Commandant Mohinder Singh, who led Summit Mount Everest On The North Side, recalls, Paljor as being very talkative, “like a child.” Singh remembers Paljor tendency to sing in his free time, his best food, chicken roast, and volunteer to take on challenging jobs.

Never Came Back From The 1996 Expedition

Tsewang Paljor and brother tsewang samanla with Mahendra singh

Tsewang Paljor was only twenty-eight when he took his last breath on Mount Everest.

On 10th May 1996. Commissar Tsewang Paljor, Subedar Samanla, Dorje Morup, and three other expedition members were caught in the snowstorm near the Everest summit.

Before the incident, three team members turned around, but Palijor, Samanla, and Morup decided to conquer the mountain despite the lousy weather.

Even one of their friend Harbhajan Singh signaled for them to stop and return to camp, but the trio did not see him or just ignored him; they kept moving. Obviously, it was a summit fever.

Watching them go as Harbhajan Singh descends to Camp VI without them, Harbhajan Singh says, “It’s only God’s gift that I am alive.” He further adds, “When we lost these three people, I was the fourth, I was with them. I’m in front of you today, but if I had tried, I would be gone.”


The source says the trio of climbers made up to the summit point and transferred the news via radio at 3:45 a.m. Nepal time. From then on, there was no radio contact, and none ever reached Camp VI at 8,320 meters.

However, there is still a controversy on whether the trio-climber reached the summit point or not. Also, an American writer and mountaineer, Jon Krakauer, mentioned in his book that the climbers were at 8,700 meters, 150 meters below the summit, based on the Japanese expedition’s mountaineer’s interview.

Krakauer further explains in the book poor visibility and thick clouds made the climbers think they had reached the summit point. Hence, the climbers left prayer flags, katas, and pitons there as a religious ceremony. Samanla, the Subedar of the police, decides to spend more time on peace at the top, so he sends the other two to come back down.

Another Possible Identity For The Green Boots

Though Green Boots is widely recognized as the Indo-Tibatian climber Tsewang Paljor, some sources claim it to be of Dorje Morup. A 1997 article by Himalayan Journal P. M. Das, “The Indian Ascent of Qomolungma by the North Ridge,” states that the Green Boots would be Dorje Morup.

Das stated, “at 19:30 by the light of their head torches, they saw two climbers descending, although they were soon out of sight. The following day, the leader from another summit group passed the information to the base camp that they had seen Morup struggling between the First and Second Steps.

Das further penned that Morup, who was in critical condition, had denied putting on gloves over his frost-bitten hands and could not unclip his safety carabiner at anchor points. As per the article, the Japanese team helped Morup transition to the next rope stretch.

After some time, the Japanese group encountered the corpse of Tsewang Smanla above the Second Step. While on their way down, the Japanese group again found that Morup was moving slowly. Morup may have died in the late afternoon on 11 May.

Das states that Green Boots was never Tsewang Paljor. His body was never encountered.

Is Green Boots Stiil On Everest?

Green Boots on mount everest

Yes, the Green Boots is still on Mount Everest, becoming an essential landmark for climbers. However, an anonymous climber buried the Green Boots with snow and stones, but the body still appears.

How Many Dead Bodies Are On Everest?

It’s believed that there are around 200 dead bodies on Everest. And the majority of the bodies are above eight thousand meters. Hence, retrieving the bodies from there is impossible as roughly a third of oxygen is available compared to sea level. It’s dangerous work.

Some prominent bodies on Mount Everest are Francys Arsentiev (Sleeping Beauty), George Mallory, David Sharp, Shriya Shah, Scoot Fischer, and Rob Hall.

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How long was Green Boots on Everest?

Green Boots is the nickname given to the unidentified body of a climber who died on Mount Everest. The body is believed to be that of an Indian climber named Tsewang Paljor, who died in the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. Green Boots received his nickname from his green mountaineering boots, which were visible to other climbers on the route to the summit.

After his death, Green Boots’ body remained on the mountain and became a landmark for other climbers. The body was located in a small limestone cave on the northeast ridge route near the summit of Everest. Due to its location and difficulty removing it, the body has remained on the mountain for over 20 years.

Green Boots is often used as a marker by other climbers on the route, and many climbers have reported passing by the body on their way to the summit. However, in recent years, the body has been covered by rocks and other debris to reduce its visibility and preserve the deceased’s dignity.


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