Movies to watch before visiting Nepal

  •   2017-09-11  |  nepaltraveller.com

Many movies have been shot here in Nepal but only a few bestows the true essence of this beautiful country

Movies often help us choose our travel destinations. For instance ever since I’ve watched ‘A Midnight in Paris’ I’ve wanted to visit the city and get lost in its alleys during the night.

There have been a lot of movies that have been shot here in Nepal. From shooting in the mountains to right here in Kathmandu, some movies have tried to portray the true essence of Nepal.

Here is a list of movies everyone should watch before visiting Nepal:

Everest

This movie is for the adventure lovers and the thrill seekers who want to visit Nepal to get the ultimate mountaineering experience. Based on a true story, Everest is a film about real events of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, and focuses on the survival attempts of two expedition groups, one led by Rob Hall and the other by Scott Fischer.

The movie shows most parts of Nepal giving the audience an idea about what goes on in places like Lukla, Namche Bazar and Everest Base Camp. There is no denying script is excellent but the cinematography is equally brilliant showcasing the true beauty of Nepal.


Dr Strange

Dr. Strange is a movie for those who want to visit Nepal to get to know about its culture and heritage. And watching Benedict Cumberbatch walk around the streets of Kathmandu was a dream come true for all Nepalese. This Marvel movie picked Nepal to be featured as the Eastern City where Dr. Strange would come and find true meaning. 

The movies show the capital Kathmandu and its breath taking architecture that tourists can relate to when they’re in the country. The movie will show you some of the many gems in the city like Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath. The movie was shot in Nepal after the earthquake and the director felt that bringing attention and tourism to Nepal following the event was all the more reason to shoot there.


Sherpa

We often tend to forget about the Sherpas when we think about mountaineering. Sherpas are highly regarded as elite mountaineers and experts in their local area. Back in the day, they were immeasurably valuable to early explorers of the Himalayan region, serving as guides at the extreme altitudes of the peaks and passes in the region, particularly for expeditions to climb Mount Everest.

This documentary focuses on the life of the Sherpas who risk their lives climbing the dangerous peaks just for the money. The film explores some of the Sherpa culture and their spiritual relationship with the mountain, as well as the heavy work and risks Sherpas take in making multiple ascents to take equipment and supplies up the mountain and make the climb possible for foreign climbers.


Highway to Dhampus

This is the first feature film shot almost entirely in Nepal by a foreign crew. If you wish to see the natural beauty of Nepal this movie will help you get an idea. Apart from that the film also features many of Nepal’s cultural highlights.

Apart from the beautiful landscapes, the movie also authentically portrays the hardships of Nepalis without romanticising it. The stunning aerial shots of Pokhara and Dhampus complimented by the spectacular Annapurnas as a backdrop for the film, Rick McFarland makes optimum use of the location with his cinematography.