The Icefall Doctor

The Icefall Doctor

Nepal

2021

53 min

Nepal

2021

53 min

The Icefall Doctor is based on the life of Everest legend Angnima Sherpa, a significant presence on the mountain, but obscure in the vast world of Everest history and film, even for Everest enthusiasts. Angnima worked on Everest since 1975, on what is statistically the most dangerous profession on earth: managing the Khumbu Icefall on Everest by fixing and maintaining the ropes and ladders that Western mountaineers use to have an opportunity to summit. He himself was the first official Icefall Doctor, a term bestowed on him by thelegendary guide Rob Hall. The film is a kaleidoscopic and meditative view on Angnima’s last season as leader of the Doctors before his death. His story reveals culture, commitment to family, chasms of class and financial inequity, and the burden of environmental stewardship. For over ten years we were granted unprecedented access to film the Icefall Doctors, and received support from the Embassy and Ambassador of Nepal.

The Icefall Doctor is based on the life of Everest legend Angnima Sherpa, a significant presence on the mountain, but obscure in the vast world of Everest history and film, even for Everest enthusiasts. Angnima worked on Everest since 1975, on what is statistically the most dangerous profession on earth: managing the Khumbu Icefall on Everest by fixing and maintaining the ropes and ladders that Western mountaineers use to have an opportunity to summit. He himself was the first official Icefall Doctor, a term bestowed on him by thelegendary guide Rob Hall. The film is a kaleidoscopic and meditative view on Angnima’s last season as leader of the Doctors before his death. His story reveals culture, commitment to family, chasms of class and financial inequity, and the burden of environmental stewardship. For over ten years we were granted unprecedented access to film the Icefall Doctors, and received support from the Embassy and Ambassador of Nepal.

Original Language

Nepali/ Sherpa

Direction

Sean Burch

Camera

Hari Thapa/ Sean Burch

Editing

Sean Burch

Sound

Krishna Om Thapa/ Hari Thapa/ Sean Burch

Script

Sean Burch

Producer

Sean Burch

Filmmaker

Filmmaker

Sean Burch is a professional filmmaker, explorer, and conservationist who holds eight world records spanning six countries and five continents. He has over 130 first ascents of previously unclimbed mountain peaks, of which 117 were accomplished solo. Burch won National Geographic Channel’s Ultimate Survival Alaska TV show and is the author of the acclaimed self-help book and program, Hyperfitness®: 12 Weeks to Conquering Your Inner Everest (Penguin Random House). He has spent over 20 years as a filmmaker. Burch’s documentary and photography work have appeared on the BBC, AP, National Geographic, Reuters, CNN, CNNi, USA Today, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX world news, Outside, and others. He was named Goodwill Ambassador to Nepal by their government for his humanitarian work for their country.

Sean Burch is a professional filmmaker, explorer, and conservationist who holds eight world records spanning six countries and five continents. He has over 130 first ascents of previously unclimbed mountain peaks, of which 117 were accomplished solo. Burch won National Geographic Channel’s Ultimate Survival Alaska TV show and is the author of the acclaimed self-help book and program, Hyperfitness®: 12 Weeks to Conquering Your Inner Everest (Penguin Random House). He has spent over 20 years as a filmmaker. Burch’s documentary and photography work have appeared on the BBC, AP, National Geographic, Reuters, CNN, CNNi, USA Today, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX world news, Outside, and others. He was named Goodwill Ambassador to Nepal by their government for his humanitarian work for their country.

Contact

Khumbu Productions

Warrenton, VA 20186 USA

Contact

Khumbu Productions

Warrenton, VA 20186 USA