Every spring, Mount Everest draws in people from around the world to conquer its peak. To guide them to the peak, they hire Sherpas to help them along the way. One of them, named Apa Sherpa, has conquered Mount Everest 21 times.
But his life isn’t as glamorous as one might assume. Having grown up in the remote Khumbu region of Nepal, Apa was forced to leave school and work as a porter at the age of 12. His dreams of being a doctor forever lost. It is a story all too common for the Sherpa people of Nepal, a story Apa aims to change with his work at the Apa Sherpa Foundation.
Although more filmed towards looking stunning, glimpses into the life of the Sherpa are set to blaring emotional music. Guided by visually pleasing imagery and the narration of Apa Sherpa, we are introduced to the new generation of Sherpas set through the eyes of young Pemba Sherpa. He’s 12-year old child who must walk six hours a day to attend school and reminds Apa of himself.
Pemba’s story is a present day reflection of Apa’s past, one where the draw of being a high altitude porter conflicts with the dreams of Nepal’s rural people, dreams made possible only through education and knowledge.
- Release date2018
- Full runtime15 min
- Directed byEric Crosland
- Produced bySherpas Cinema