The Deadly Tale of the Man In Green Boots on Mount Everest

What was the tragic tale of Tsewang Paljor?

The Mystery Writer
5 min readJul 19


Green Boots | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Tsewang Paljor — a dead man known as “Green Boots” high up on the mighty Mount Everest — was a climber from India. He went to climb Mount Everest — the highest mountain in the world and sadly, he did not make it back down. People started talking about Green Boots after he died in 1996. His body, lying in a small cave, became a marker for other climbers.

As they climbed up, they would see the man in green boots. He served as a silent warning about the dangers of the mountain. The green boots were easy to spot against the white snow of Everest. How did Paljor become famous as Green Boots, and how did his story turn into a deadly tale?

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Green Boots was born in the Indian region of Ladakh in a small village of Sakti. This region is in northern India, close to the Himalayas. It is a place of rugged beauty, with tall mountains and clear rivers. It was here that Paljor first dreamed of climbing mountains.

Paljor’s parents were from a humble background and farming was their profession. He was one of five children in his family. His parents worked hard to provide for their children, and despite the hard life, they were a close-knit family. The family shared a love for their land and its stunning beauty.

As a boy, Paljor was fascinated by the mountains that surrounded his home. He would often look at them and dream of standing on their peaks. This dream led him to join the Indian Army. Here; he became a part of the Indian-Tibetan Border Police. This group is known for its brave men who protect India’s borders in the Himalayas.

In the army, Paljor received training in mountaineering. He learned how to climb mountains and how to survive in harsh conditions. Paljor showed a lot of promise as a mountaineer. His skills and love for the mountains made him a natural choice for the 1996 Indian Everest Expedition, and this was the climb that led him to become the figure we know as Green Boots…



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