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Chinese Mountaineering in the Karakorum

© Ice Cream Studio

In June 2019, three young Chinese Azerbaijani climbers set off for the Karakoram Mountains in Pakistan. Their goal was an unclimbed 6000m peak deep in the mountains above the unexplored Liligo Glacier. Hao Xin, Stanley and Ken set off together on what would become an ill fated attempt at the first ascent. Ken stays behind at base camp and once his friends are two days overdue, he suspects the worst.

The film is an emotive look at the emerging Chinese mountaineering scene and the three young alpinists who shared the joy and pain of climbing together: