The Sherpas’ Story – Climbin Everest with a Mountain on my Back

(Servus TV/Terra Mater, 2012)

Director: Heinz Leger
Script: Heinz Leger & Jochen Hemmleb
Producer: Nikolaus Wisiak (preTV)

In 2011 we returned once more to Everest. This time our search team for Andrew Irvine included four Sherpas: Phurba, Ngima Tenji, Ngima, and Gelu. They and their lives became the focus of another documentary: The Sherpas’ Quest. Together with director Heinz Leger, cameramen Sepp Neuper and Wolfram Wuinovic, and Theo & Stefan Fritsche we first visited the home of the Sherpas, Nepal’s Solu Khumbu region. Our team traversed the magnificent mountain landscape from Lukla via Namche Bazar, Thame, Renjo La, Gokyo, Cho La to Lobuche and Kala Pattar (5550 m) near Everest Base Camp, then continued to Dingboche and Chhukhung before finishing with an ascent of Island Peak (6183 m) and returning zo Lukla via Tengboche and Namche. Afterwards we switched to Tibet and the North Side of Everest. The result of this culturally very diverse journey is a quiet, atmospheric film about the quiet top performers of Himalayan expeditions, with stunning impressions from both sides of the world’s highest mountain.