Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival

Most of us, understandably, think of Nepal as a place where films are shot, not really where films are watched.

But, starting back in 2000, the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) changed all that. A truly world-class festival, KIMFF each year shows some of the best films from the world of mountains.

I first went back in 2001, where my friends Pemba Sherpa and Ang Jangbu Sherpa and I were dazzled by great films, like He Dances for his Cormorants, about a cormorant fisherman on the Lijiang River in Yunnan Province, China. Another great film that year was the old – but still fascinating – Honey Hunters of Nepal. A film version of the book by Eric Valli and Diane Summers, it documents the Gurung people's annual hunt for honey from the giant, cliffside hives of Himalayan black bees.

Here's some of the film from YouTube:

This year's KIMFF, scheduled to run December 10-14, 2009, will surely be great as well. The film list sounds very interesting, including Dolpo Tulku (see the main website, in German, here), a film about the return of a young, reincarnate lama returning to his monastery in Dho Tarap. Here's a trailer of this film, too:

If you're fortunate enough to be in Kathmandu now, definitely check out KIMFF…I know you won't be disappointed! And, you just might get inspired for your next adventure!

Jake Norton is an Everest climber, guide, photographer, writer, and motivational speaker from Colorado.

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