Our favourite movies filmed in Nepal
Read on to
find out more about our top 12 movies filmed in Nepal.
1. Infinity (2021)
Mark Wahlberg and Chiwetel Eijiofor
was originally planned for release in 2020 but its release was delayed due to
the pandemic. Infinite is a film about a man who has visions about a
place he doesn’t know and hasn’t seen before. The origin of these memories
becomes clearer when he meets a group of ‘Infinites’. This movie in an adaption
of D. Eric Maikranz’s novel, The Reincarnationist Papers.
2. Even When I fall (2017)
Even When I Fall is a documentary film about the
survivors of child trafficking to Indian circuses. The two main protagonists
are filmed over 6 years rediscovering their skills and coming together with 11
other victims of child trafficking to create Circus Kathmandu. Their
perspective is shared through visual performance in a powerful and touching
production about their recovery in Nepal.
3. Doctor Strange (2016)
Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Eijiofor
blockbuster movie, Doctor Strange, is a neurosurgeon who loses the use
of his hands in a car accident, looks for alternative therapies to heal himself
and discovers spiritual powers and dark forces. Parts of this action thriller were
set and filmed in Kathmandu, where locals were hired as extras, as the home of
a powerful sorcerer.
4. Everest (2015)
Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke
Everest tells the story of the disastrous
1996 Everest expeditions of two rival groups who suffer a series of issues
during their climbs and their consequent fight for survival. With a script
written by the screenwriters who wrote Gladiator, 127 Hours and Slumdog
Millionaire, this epic tale was filmed in Kathmandu, at Everest Base Camp
and Everest Base Camp II.
5. Sherpa (2015)
Russell Brice, Tim Medvetz, Pasang Tenzing Sherpa
and violent relations between European mountaineers and Sherpa on Everest in
2013, director and writer Jennifer Peedom sought to investigate what went
wrong. Filming took place during the 2014 climbing season, during which
devastating ice fall took the lives of 16 Sherpa on the mountain. This powerful
movie looks at the dangers Sherpa face daily and tells us the story of these
resilient Nepali people. The film was shot entirely in Nepal.
6. Beyond the Edge (2013)
Chad Moffitt, Sonam Sherpa
Not to be
confused with the Russian 2018 film of the same name, the 2013 film Beyond
the Edge details the epic journey of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norguay in
1953 to be the first to summit the highest mountain in the world. This movie
was filmed in Nepal and New Zealand and features photographs and footage from
the original expedition.
7. Who Will Be a Gurkha (2012)
Be a Gurkha is a
documentary film about the recruitment of Nepali men into the historic Gurkha
regiment of the British Army. The film explores both the processes, training
and examinations they undergo as well as insights into their motivations and
aspirations, including why so many men are willing to lay down their lives to
become part of this renowned regiment.
8. The Wildest Dream (2010)
Starring – Conrad
Anker, Susan Robertson, Robert Macfarlane
documentary film explores the life and death of George Mallory, a British
mountaineer who wanted to become the first person to summit Everest. He
disappeared during his ascent in 1924 and his body was found in 1999 by Conrad
Anker. The two stories are interwoven with original letters and photos narrated
by Ralph Fiennes and Natasha Richardson.
9. The Touch (2002)
Starring – Michelle
Yeoh, Ben Chaplin, Richard Roxburgh
From the cinematographer
of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Touch was filmed in Nepal and
China and tells the story of a talented family of martial artists and acrobats
who performed incredible stunts and are the secret guardians of a holy
treasure, which only their unique talents can access. Cue a kidnapping, a
treasure hunt, a daring rescue attempt and lots of adventures along the way.
10. Himalaya: Caravan/Original title 'Himalaya: L'Enfance d'un chef' (1999)
Starring – Tsering
Dorjee,Thinle Lhondup, Gurgon Kyap, Lhakpa Tsamchoe
Himalaya is a stark portrayal of survival in
the Himalayas. An annual expedition caravan must descend the mountain for
supplies to sustain the villagers at 5,000m through the winter, but the mission
is fraught with power struggles, treacherous conditions and tribe infighting.
This movie was filmed entirely in Nepal and is a nail-biting thriller set
amongst the high peaks of the Himalayas. It was also the first Nepalese film to
be nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 72nd Academy Awards.
11. Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
Starring – Brad
Pitt, David Thewlis
movie was based on the true story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountaineer
who became friends with the Dalai Lama after escaping a POW camp during World
War II. The movie was filmed in Tibet and Nepal, although was not well received
in China, who thought the portrayal of the Chinese people was inaccurate.
12. The Golden Child (1986)
Starring – Eddie
Murphy, Charlotte Lewis, Charles Dance
Golden Child is the
story of a young boy in Tibet with mystical powers who gets abducted from a
remote temple. Eddie Murphy stars in this dark comedy as the Chosen One, and
the only one who can save the Golden Child. This strange fantasy movie was
mostly filmed in LA but the opening scenes were shot in a monastery in Nepal.