film online screening
13th - 19th October

The Porter: The Untold Story at Everest

Nathaniel J. Menninger and Babin Dulal | 57min

A young privileged American attempts to make history at Everest by becoming one of the first ever foreign-born Porters to aid a Mt. Everest expedition. But in doing so, experiences a world far above his head. This is an inside look at the darker side of Everest. At the strength, pride and pain of those who support it. And at just how hard it is for a naive foreigner to attempt the same. This is the Porter.


followed by zoom panel discussion

Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (kimff) is excited to announce the 18th edition of the festival from 10-14th December, 2020. Given these unprecedented and uncertain times, and, to maintain social distancing, we're going virtual this year. As our program for December falls into place, we're pleased to invite you to several online screenings and virtual panels/ discussions this October and November as a prelude to Kimff in December.

As a first, we invite you to view The Porter (The Untold Story at Everest), a film by Nathaniel J. Menninger and Babin Dulal. You can access the film on our website between 13th – 19th October. The film will be followed by a zoom panel on 20th October that will explore issues around portering and mountain livelihoods, tourism and the way forward for Nepal.

Zoom Panel: Portering and Mountain Livelihoods, Tourism and the Way Forward for Nepal 
Date: 20th October, 2020
Time: 4:30 pm NST (Nepal Standard Time)


say hello to the



Ben Ayers

Ben Ayers is a 20+ year veteran of Nepal. In the early 2000’s he founded of Porters’ Progress, which was Nepal’s first direct advocacy organization for porter and expedition worker rights. He is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer.


Kul Bahadur Gurung

Kul Bahadur Gurung is the General Secretary of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) a nonprofit/ ngo focused on promoting mountain tourism, climbing sports, protecting and preserving mountain environments and cultural heritage of mountain people. He is well acquainted with Nepal’s trekking and tourism industry and is a PhD scholar in mountaineering studies.


Nathaniel J. Menninger

Nathaniel J. Menninger arrived in Nepal as a tourist and over several visits ended up making his first film The Porter which follows one of the first ever foreign-born porters to aid a Mt. Everest Expedition. During the trek Nathaniel ate, slept, dressed, spoke and worked as similarly as he could to other porters. He didn't shower for 23 days, lost over 20 pounds and carried 100 kilos — all documented on camera by cinematographer Babin Dulal. But more importantly, the team ended up walking into what they describe as a pretty serious injustice.


Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita

Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita is a Nepali mountaineer and National Geographic's People's Choice Adventurer of the Year (2016). She is the first female mountaineering instructor in Nepal and one of the first Nepali women to reach the summit of K2, a climb which she dedicated to climate change awareness. She has guided mountaineering in Nepal, the USA, Argentina, France and Pakistan. She is engaged in assisting women's education in Nepal.



Subina Shrestha

Subina Shrestha is an award winning Nepali journalist and filmmaker and a Havard Nieman Fellow.


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