Loved by All:
The Story of Apa Sherpa

Director: Eric Crosland
Country of Origin: Canada

Every spring the summit of Mount Everest draws people from around the world. But in its shadow live the Sherpa, a resilient, religious people, who, despite the riches surrounding the highest peak on earth, are still quite poor and uneducated.

He climbed Mount Everest 21 times, more than any other human. But he wouldn’t wish this for anyone. As a child, growing up in Nepal’s remote Khumbu Valley, Apa Sherpa had to walk three hours to school…one way. He dreamt of being a doctor. But at the age of 12, after his father passed away, he took a job as a porter to support his family. Despite the risks of one of the world’s most dangerous jobs, he would become a Himalayan legend.

Loved by All: The Story of Apa Sherpa documents the present day struggles of Pemba Sherpa, a young boy who’s life path mirrors Apa when he was a child, and the work of the Apa Sherpa Foundation, as it aims to give the children of rural Nepal new opportunities. According to Apa, “without education you have no choice.”

Producer: Malcolm Sangster
DP: Leo Horn
Cinematography: Eric Crosland, Erik Pütsep
Drone / Camera Assist: Clay Mitchell
Editor: Jay Macmillan
Visual Effects: Jeremy Kenning
Written by: Mitchell Scott, Jay Macmillan, Malcolm Sangster
Associate Producers: Dave Mossop, Mitchell Scott, Jerry Mika
Additional Cinematography: Everest Media Productions, Strange Than Fiction Films, Renan Ozturk, Ralf Dujmovits
Post Production Supervisor: Tim Symes
Colorist: Eric Rosen
Sound Design & Mix: Jeff Yellen
Location Sound: Steve Henderson
Production Manager: Roland Eksteins
Still Photography: Paul Arthur Lockhart
Executive Producers: Magnus Welander, Tina Liselius, Erik Pütsep
Narrated by: Apa Sherpa
Custom Score by: Jacob Yoffee
Special thanks to the Apa Sherpa Foundation and Thule.