From height to lockdown

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2021, Lockdown. Oleg has 3 days to get from the top of Nepal to his dying father in Ukraine through a cyclone, mass panic and bureaucracy. Based on real events. Consent to the use of personal data has been obtained. The consultants are professional Norwegian climber Erlend Ness and professional Slavs mountain guide and climber Dmitry Ermakov (Trips for Friends).

Oleg and 8 commercial climbers from Ukraine and Russia go to conquer the top of Island Peak in Nepal. During the ascent, due to a bloody cough, they lose one participant. Covid-19 was discovered on Everest. The authorities decide to close the country within 3 days. There is a transport collapse. Oleg learns about his father’s stroke and the closure of borders. He’s coming down. A married couple from the group gets sick. The rest of the group conquers the top. On the way down, Oleg gets injured. He’s waiting for the others. They descend together in the rain and fog, somewhere running, somewhere in helicopters. There aren’t enough helicopters, so they have to choose two who will stay. One woman injures her leg. Only Oleg and two friends get to Kathmandu. They barely have time to pass the covid-19 test. Oleg is supposedly ill and will not be released. One of them is taken to the Covid dispensary. The second one is stopped at the airport because of problems with documents. Oleg remains alone, but manages to board the last plane.


From height to lockdown


Viktoriia Zykina

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