Mothered by Mountains: Two Nepalese women – a mountaineering guide and a punk-rocker – team up for adventure

Mothered by Mountains is a documentary short which follows two Nepalese women as they motorcycle from Kathmandu to mountains, then bag a first ascent.

But the partnering of Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita and Sareena Rai is an unlikely duo – matched by mutual friend and Mothered by Mountains co-director, Ben Ayers.

Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita is an international legend. The first Nepalese mountaineering guide – in a field that has been dominated by men – has climbed Everest, Ama Dablam, Lobuche and she was on the first Nepalese women’s team to summit K2. Punk-rock icon Sareena Rai, a member of the Kathmandu-based band Rai Ko Ris, has been involved in Nepal’s punk scene since 1990.

Ben Ayers said: “So this was supposed to be a film about, like, empowering women, about bringing two of my friends on this badass adventure. But it all kinda went horribly wrong.”

That said, the white-male-directed adventure falls flat, and the women end up doing it their own way, bonding as they go over issues like motherhood, family and the pressures of society on their gender. They also both find that the paths to the greatest summits lie within.

Mothered by Mountains

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