21 must-watch mountain films during COVID-19 lockdown

IIt is true that due to the second wave of COVID-19, we cannot go to the mountains right now. We’re in lockdown. But don’t let that stop you from repeating stories and memories of some brilliant mountain expeditions again.

After this 19 must-read books about mountaineering and trekking in the Himalayas, here are 21 mountain films Mainly suggested by Trek Leaders on Indiahikes team. Watch them while you are cooped up in your home as they carry a breath of fresh mountain air.

These mountain films trace the journeys and lives of climbers and mountaineers who had big dreams and dared to climb some of the highest peaks.

Check this out and tell us – did we cover all the big ones or did we miss a mountain movie that you love?

1. Meru

The famous mountaineer Conrad Anker leaves his comfort zone to climb the mountain. Meru. This mountain, also called Sumeru, lies between the mountain. Thalaysagar and Mt. Shivling and is visible from the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek. And it offers a challenging climb.

While Conrad was familiar with the world’s tallest mountain, Mt. The climb to Merest on Everest was a deeper challenge. The team, consisting of Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk, thinks about whether it’s worth the risk. And conclude, it was worth dying for! As if on cue, the team is running out of resources while 90% of the mountain is still to be climbed. What happens then?

2. Everest

We love this one! This film is based on Jon Krakauer’s legendary book Into Thin Air. It takes us back to May 1996 when many commercial expeditions gather at the foot of the mountain. Everest to climb it. The main focus is on an incident where bad team thwarted two teams on their way to the summit. Based on the unfortunate Mount Everest disaster of 1996, this film takes us through the climbers struggling to survive in the death zone.

This mountain film and this book are very important to us because it confronts us with the realities of the ground and the challenges of altitude.

3. Touch the void

Here’s another favorite from Team Indiahikes. This is also based on a book whose real story takes place in 1985 when two climbers, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, set out for the virgin west face of Siula Grande in Peru. Disaster strikes when a surprise storm falls Simpson off the mountain and breaks his leg. Yates tries to pull Simpson up, but fails. Should he cut the rope and save himself from the impending storm? The film meanders through the canyons of trust and courage.

The dilemma in this film – whether to cut the rope or not – is real. In extreme situations, mountaineers have to accept this tough reputation. And Touching The Void touches this dilemma beautifully.

4. Vertical border

This is a story of climber Peter Garrett trying to climb K2 with a team. His sister is also on the team and during an accident she races through and gets stuck in a crack. Now it’s up to Peter to get her out alive. Will he make it?

We recommend this for the action-packed sequences. This film also gives you a great insight into acute mountain sickness and its effects on the body.

5. Wild

This 2014 film is based on a book that tells a true story. That of Cheryl Strayed, who decides to embark on a 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail. This is a story of self-discovery as Cheryl relieves her fears, but what does she step into?

6. Death on the Matterhorn

The Matterhorn in the Alps is one of the most challenging mountains in the world. It was conquered around 150 years ago. In 1865, two opposing teams were on a race to the top. British against Italian climbers. The triumph of the British became tragic when four men died. The climbers’ climbers are going back to find out what went wrong. Forensic tests provide clues and there are new sources. Was it an accident, a bad game, or a murder?

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7. Into the wild

Released in 2007, the film traces the journey of a young graduate, Christopher McCandless, who decides to hitchhike America with no money and limited possessions. On this journey, Christopher encounters a life-changing situation, a subtle, an extreme, and his isolation in parts takes shape. A wonderful film of self-discovery during an adventure.

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8. 7 years in Tibet

Have you ever wondered what the life of a teacher for the 14th Dalai Lama is like? This film gives you an insight. It revolves around Henrich Harner, an Austrian climber who is in Lhasa after breaking out of prison. A strange story about how surprising twists are.

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9. 180 degrees south

In 1968, Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins embarked on a journey from Ventura, California to Patagonia, Chile. Almost four decades later, Jeff Johnson decides to retrace that journey. This film is based on Jeff’s journey when he set himself the goal of climbing the Corcovado Volcano in Patagonia as part of that journey.

10. Cold

In February 2011, Cory Richards became the first American to climb an 8,000-meter summit in winter. A time when the cold at this altitude can chill you to the bone. How did Cory do it? This film offers ice-cold insights.

11. The Himalayas (Korean)

This is a South Korean adventure drama film. But one based on the real life of the climber Um Hong-Gil. The film traces how Um Hong-Gil returns with his bad legs to the bodies of two climbers under his guidance in the mountains.

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12. Dawn Wall

Dawn Wall is an impossible 3,000-foot rock wall in Yosemite National Park, California. But in 2015, two American climbers – Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson – attempt this impossible climb. The film revolves around their attempt.

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13. Mountain

Why is mountaineering so attractive? It is certainly not convenient. In fact, three centuries ago such thoughts were considered insane. What has changed? This film explores the relationship between people and mountains. So if you’ve ever wondered why are we climbing? This is a must do.

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14. Kaphal: Wild berries

Set in a village in Uttarakhand, this film takes you to the heart of local mountain life. It’s an open slice of life when you miss the rustic flavors of the base camps and Himalayan villages.

15. Togo

In 1925, dog sled teams had to haul diphtheria antitoxin serum over 700 miles in the harsh climate to save Nome, a city in Alaska. Togo, published in 2019, is about this side of the story. A hearty film that touches on valiant efforts to prevent an epidemic.

16. The summit

This is a mysterious story from K2. It happened in 2008 when of 22 climbers who met on the last stop before the K2 summit, 11 disappeared. As the story goes, they were either killed or simply vanished into thin air. But what happened? Perhaps the first man to climb K2, Ger McDonnell, has a clue.

17. Everest: the wildest dream!

Was it the British climber George Mallory who first climbed Mount Everest in 1924? This film takes a deep look at the question and puts some startling facts on the table. Is the story different from what we were told?

18. Beyond the edge

Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary officially climbed the mountain. Everest in 1953. As in most great mountain films, this film takes us on a historical journey. If you’ve ever been curious how they did it then Beyond The Edge is a must-see.

19. A walk in the woods

This is the story of how an impromptu forest walk turned into an adventure. It’s a page from the life of famous author Bill Bryson, who set out to explore the Appalachian Trail. A treat if you loved reading Bill Bryson books.

20th mile mile and a half

This also traces a historical route – the John Muir Trail. It’s an endearing story of how five friends decide to follow in John Muir’s footsteps and cover the distance in 25 days. And how people begin to join them on the journey.

21. Poorna

A lesser known mountain movie, yet such an inspiring watch based on the life of Malavath Poorna, the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest. The film shows how Poorna, who belongs to a Telugu-speaking tribal family, is the youngest girl to climb the highest mountain in the world.

Out of the list of mountain films, this film is dear to our hearts only because of the determination and determination expressed through Poorna’s actions and efforts. An inspiring watch that is sure to lift your spirits.

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After this list of mountain films, we also have a list of great mountain documentaries. If there are any must-see mountain documentaries that you have to suggest, be sure to put their names in the comments section below.

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