Sherpas' Quest, The
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The history of Mount Everest has always been associated with the Sherpas' great mountaineering achievements.
Without their input as mountain guides and carriers in high-altitudes, Everest expeditions are unthinkable. As inhabitants of the Nepalese mountains, especially the Solokhumbu and Makalu Valleys, they have the physical prerequisites for spending extended periods in the zone above 7,000 metres. For a few months each year, they accompany alpinists from various nationalities to the highest and most challenging peaks of the world.
‘The Sherpas’ Quest’ follows four individuals – Phurba, Ngima, Ngima Tenji and Gelu – not only on Mount Everest, but also into their homes. This film offers rare insights into the everyday life of the Sherpas. In the Makalu Valley, there is almost nothing that would merit the name of road; everything, from sack of rice to bathtub, has to be carried by porters to the most inaccessible villages.
And there is one last secret, still jealously guarded by this highest of all mountains: were Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay really the first to set foot on the summit of Mount Everest?
Breathtaking images accompany fascinating stories from the land at the foot of the world’s highest mountain.
Produced by pre tv in co-operation with Terra Mater Factual Studios and ServusTV funded by Fernsehfonds Austria and TV filmfonds-wien