Hollywood actors in Kathmandu to shoot their next movie Everest



Prisoner star Jake Gyllenhaal and Agent “K” of Men in Black, Josh Brolin have arrived to Nepal to shoot their next movie “Everest” which is based on the Everest bestseller “Into Thin Air,” a government official said Monday. The leads of the movie Everest are currently at a five-star hotel in Kathmandu. The upcoming movie Everest will focus on tragedy happened during an endeavor to summit Everest in 1996. The movie being directed by an Icelander Baltasar Kormakur portrays how eight climbers lost their lives when a rogue storm hit the mountain.


Official at Ministry of Communication Mr. Umakant Parajuli said, “A local agent applied for permission on behalf of Baltasar Kormakur to shoot ‘Everest’ and received the permission three days ago”. Parajuli added, “The team has a permission to shoot in the Himalayan nation for two weeks.”

Gyllenhaal would play Scott Fisher, a US expedition leader who lost his life in the disaster while Brolin will play Beck Weathers, an American doctor who survived the storm, British newspaper The Guardian reported last week. US mountaineering journalist Jon Krakauer   also the author of 1997 best seller, who wrote about this tragedy, has accompanied the team.

As Everest has been the climbers passion and trekkers paradise, hundreds of climbers scale the peak every spring, while thousands more go trekking from Lukla, the nearest airport, to Everest base camp.


Neal Beidleman & Other Members of ‘Mountain Trip Everest Expedition 2011’ summit Mount Everest

All eight members of the ‘Mountain Trip Everest Expedition 2011’,  reached the summit of Mount Everest this morning, May 20, 2011, between 8 AM to 9 AM, together with the climbing sherpas. The expedition has been organized by  ‘Mountain Trip’ – a US based adventure company.

Neal Beidleman, one of the members who summitted, is a survivor of the ill fated May 1996 Everest expedition where five climbers, including leader Scott Fischer, lost their lives. Their ordeal on the mountain has been chronicled by John Krakauer in his best selling book “Into Thin Air.” This is the first time that Neal Beidleman has returned to Everest after his fatal climb of 1996.

Explore Himalaya (local organizer of the expedition) congratulates the whole team including Neal Beidleman and expedition leader Bill Allen on their successful ascent.

Mountain trip Everest Expedition 2011
1. Bill Allen  (USA)
2. Scott Woolums(USA)
Neal Beidleman (USA)
4. Irenuez Szpot(Poland)
5. Greg Mellon (Cananda)
6. Chris Davenport(USA)
7. Newall Hunter (USA)
Ephraim Gildor (USA)
1. Tarke Sherpa
2. Temba Sherpa
3. Da Ounchu Sherpa
4. Karma Galjen Sherpa
5. Da Kusang Sherpa
6. Pasang Tedi Sherpa
7. Mindu Chirri Sherpa
8. Kaji Sherpa
9. Samden Sherpa
10. Da Finjo Sherpa
11. Da Pasang Sherpa

Report on Agence France Presse (AFP)