Tue 19 Apr 2016, 08:00
This month, Discovery Channel (121) brings you the groundbreaking documentary film, Sherpa.
This month, Discovery Channel (121) brings you the groundbreaking documentary film, Sherpa, which looks at how Mount Everest's Sherpa community united in grief and anger to reclaim the mountain following a deadly avalanche that struck in April 2014 - killing 16 of their members.
In 2013, the world's media reported on a shocking mountain-high fight as European climbers fled a mob of angry Sherpas. Following this altercation, film director Jennifer Peedom and her team set out to uncover the cause of the conflict, intending to film the 2014 climbing season from the Sherpas' point of view. To her astonishment, they captured the single deadliest day in the mountain's history after an avalanche struck the Khumbu Icefall, the area just above the Mount Everest base camp. What was meant to be a film about the climbing season soon turned into a documentary about the rescue and recovery efforts as the avalanche hit the famous mountain.
In Sherpa, we follow the compelling story of a historic moment of tragedy and resistance through the first-hand experience of the guides, their families and the climbers themselves.
Watch this moving and powerful story of how the disaster triggered a drastic reevaluation of the Everest climbing industry. We also take a journey into the lives of the Sherpa community as they ponder the future of Everest climbing and question whether working on the mountain is worth the dangers they face.
Catch the premiere of Sherpa only on Discovery Chanel (121) on Sunday 24 April at 20:00 and watch this community as they try to come to terms with the disaster and attempt to rebuild their lives.