Everest is an inspirational and spell-binding ascent with an international team of climbers who found hope, beauty and triumph in the wake of tragedy. The film tells the dramatic true story of the Everest Expedition’s journey to the summit, just days after the infamous 1996 tragedy in which eight climbers lost their lives in a deadly storm. Over creaking ice falls, across quaking chasms, up dangerous, towering cliffs, through a harrowing rescue of fellow mountaineers, and into the mystical danger zone of oxygen-thin altitude, the climbers and camera team maintain the spirit of determination, optimism and camaraderie that leads to miraculous achievements.
Everest features the first giant screen images ever brought back from Mt. Everest. The film includes fascinating information about how this mountain was formed and continues to evolve, how high-altitude challenges a climber’s physical and mental capabilities, and how Sherpa culture and tradition permeates the Mount Everest experience. But Everest is also a rich, dramatic story about the relationship between a group of daring human beings and the mountain they love, respect and sometimes fear.
"…a powerful, absorbing adventure..."
—The Hollywood Reporter
“…combines real-life tragedy and derring-do with eye-popping scenery for an effect that’s as dramatic as it is fascinating and spectacular...Somber yet exciting and beautiful, this dazzling doc is sure to be a favorite…”
“What the large-format IMAX screen was made for: a breathtaking climb to the top of Mount Everest that reveals the world’s highest mountain in all of its awesome, perilous grandeur.” “A.”
“…images so exhilarating you can practically feel the sting of the wind on your skin.”
"…takes moviemaking to new heights—in every sense of the phrase."
—New York Post
The highest grossing IMAX® documentary film of all time.
Best Picture, Best Cinematography, and Best Score—Maximum Image Awards, IMAX Corporation (Best score: George Harrison & Steve Wood)
IMAX Award for Outstanding Achievement and Excellence in Large Format Filmmaking—IMAX Corporation
Grand Award and WorldMedal for International Non-Broadcast Media (Documentary)—New York Festivals
Grand Prix du Public—La Géode Film Festival Award, Paris
Golden Eagle Award (Documentary Feature)—Cine Golden Eagle
Platinum Best of Show (Documentary)—The Aurora Awards
Grand Award—Best Film & Video Production (Documentary)—The Worldfest Flagstaff and Worldfest Houston
Chris Award (Best of Nature & Wildlife category) and Certificate of Excellence in Media Print (Press Kit and Teacher’s Guide)—The Columbus International Film & Video Festival
Gold Angel Award (Best Adventure Film)—The International Angel Awards
2nd Place (Recreation/Promotion category)—Outdoor Writers Association of America, North American Film/Video Awards