Each spring, over eight hundred climbers attempt to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. Some make it to the top of what is considered the world’s most majestic mountain, but others are not so lucky, and in the attempt to reach the elusive summit, many more have tragically lost their lives.
In 2010, filmmaker Dianne Whelan visited Base Camp. In this personal and eye opening exposé, Base Camp: 40 Days on Everest, she shares gripping stories of Maoist rebels, avalances and dead bodies surfacing our of a dying glacier. From her perspective at Base Camp, she interviews climbers, doctors and Sherpas, all living there for months on end as they wait for a weather window to summit the top of the world. In this push to achieve the summit, many do not survive. Woven into these personal stories is the devastating truth of the human impact on the mountain and the eerie and unforeseen effects of climate change. Experts believe there are 250 bodied buried on the path from Base Camp to the peak, and with the glacier melting at more than four inches a day, the toll of this desire to conquer Everest is irreversably surfacing.
But in coming to know the mountain and its people, Dianne must also confront the truth of her own ambitions, and the toll they take on her physical well-being and her relationship. Through immersing herself in the challenging and captivating world of Base Camp, she must find her own path away from ego and judgment to a place of humility and forgiveness.