Anyone eager to know how it feels to scale the planet’s highest peak doesn’t have to look for the 1963’s The Conquest of Everest or the 1975’s The Man Who Skied Down Everest. Sherpa (2015) is the name of the movie and it vividly documents, not the spirit of Himalayan mountaineering, but a wholly different kind of drama.
Earlier in 2015, the visually stunning mountain staged yet again another mountaineering disaster reminiscent of the 1996’s. Sixteen natives perished in what later came to stir the thoughts of why there was a brawl on Everest.
What the world never knew and probably wouldn’t have known is the sheer amount of risk Sherpa climbers face, but still have to contend with the most meager rewards from Nepal’s blossoming industry. Sirdar Phurba Tashi Sherpa was the first to reach the apex of the unforgiving mountain, and he’s an embodiment of what the guides have to face if they are to satisfy their humble families. The movie captures him when’s preparing for his 24th climb, driven not by the urge to conquer the massive mountain for a record time, but instead provide for his loved ones. His wife seemingly feels terrified whenever her husband is set to embark on each of the trips.
Struggles of the poor
The heart-wrenching struggles of the natives and the appalling remunerations aside, Sherpa is filled with incredibly beautiful imagery never seen before. The rancorous and depressing story, though contrasts with what the world knows. Watching the movie, you won’t fail to understand why there’s a Divine anger manifested by the previous deaths, and how maybe the 2013 altercations are to blame.
First, there’s an outright shock about the outlandish amount of traffic that is the total number of foreigners visiting the Everest every year. The procession of wealthy amateurs who exploit the Sherpas by ensuring they carry the camping and cooking gear is heartbreaking. The group parted with over $100,000 and can’t understand why the route is unwelcome.
Beauty of Everest
Amidst the struggles mountaineers face, the harsh Everest peaks and the awe-inspiring scenery, Sherpa is that movie you will watch from the start to the end. The Director Jennifer Peedom along with her team do great justice to ardent lovers of such films by employing top-quality graphics, sound and how the story is told.
Total running time of 1hr 36 minutes filled with electrifying moments, no wonder it has been featured in many reputable magazines, including The Guardian, Los Angeles Times. To watch Sherpa, click here.
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