Death zone Nanga Parbat

The film is about a unique expedition of two Russians and one Italian who climbed to the top of the treacherous Nanga Parbat (8125 meters) without oxygen to descend from its top on skis.

Nanga Parbat is one of the top three most dangerous for climbing eight-thousanders. The mortality rate of this peak is almost 23%. From among climbers who dared to challenge it, each fifth climber lost his life. The legendary Reinhold Messner lost his younger brother here — he is going to talk about his attitude to this mountain in the film.

The whole life of the members of the Russian-Italian expedition (Vitaly Lazo, Anton Pugovkin and Cala Cementi ) can be divided into 2 periods: before and after Nanga Parbat. The climb to the top was a real challenge. The point was not only about the exhausting ascent without oxygen with heavy backpacks and skis on their shoulders, not in avalanches and icefalls. The main problem was communication within the team. Athletes worked for the first time as a team. Sleeping in a cramped tent, annoying habits, language barrier did not facilitate the beginning of their friendship.

The situation was corrected by Nanga Parbat itself: after all, only with the coordinated work of the team, full trust to the professional skills and moral principles of each other, it became possible to conquer the killer mountain.

Professional video camera and drone shooting at altitudes above 8000 meters. Pakistan. Karakorum. Nanga Parbat, 8125 m.

  • Vitaly Lazo
    Death zone freeride 8000+
  • Olga Borodina
  • Olga Borodina
  • Vitaly Lazo
  • Vitaly Lazo
    High altitude cameraman
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Зона смерти Нанга Парбат
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Sport, adventure
  • Runtime:
    54 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 29, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    English, Russian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 4k, Sony, DJI
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
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Director Biography - Vitaly Lazo, Olga Borodina

Vitaly Lazo:
Started to climb being 16 years old.
“Snow Leopard” award in 2014.
High altitude mountaineer,
Extreme free rider
Film maker, cameraman, film director, DZF Studio.
Mountain, ski guide, RMGA (Russian Mountaineering Guide Association)
Author of project “Death Zone Freeride”
Leader of club “Mountain Territory”

Ski descends from:
Lenin peak, 7134m; peak Pobeda, 7439m (from 6000m); Manaslu, 8163 m; Annapurna, 6000m; Nanga Parbat, 8126 m, all with no oxygen.
List of last expeditions:
- Nanga Parbat, 8126 m, Diamir face, No Ox, Ski descend from summit (8093 m).
- Annapurna, 8109 m, No Ox, ski descend from 6000. 2018. Not succeed due to high risk of avalanches.
- Manaslu, 8163 m, No Ox, ski descend from the summit. 2017.
- Antarctica. First Russian Meteorite Expedition. Lomonosov mts. First climbs, several. Member. 2016.
- Pobeda peak, 7439m. Abalakov rout. International team, alpine style. Ski descent from 6000m. Leader. 2014.
- Lenin peak, 7134 m. 10 days climb. Leader. 2016.
- Lenin peak, 7134 m. Classic rout. Ski descent. Leader. 2014.
- Pobeda peak, 7439m. Classic rout. Was not summited (to 6900m). 2013
- Khan Tengry, 7010m. Solo climb. 2013.
- Kommunism peak, 7495m. leader. 2012.
- Korzenevskaya peak, 7105m. leader. 2012. Alpine style.
- Lenin peak, 7134m. Solo climb. 2012.
- Mac Kinley, 6168m. West rib. Didn’t summit due to weather condition. 2011.
- Mac Kinley, 6168m. West Bartress. Leader. 2011.
- Aconcagua, 6962m. Classic rout. 2010.
- Aguja Guillamet, Patagonia, 5b. Fon roug rout. 2010.
- South Annapurna, 7219m. Didn’t summit due to rout condition. 2009. Leader.

Own youtube channel:

Olga Borodina:
Screenwriter, Documentary Director-Producer

For 10 years Olga was the Chief Editor of “Exit Point” TV program, the only one on all-Russia federal TV channels, dedicated to extreme and outdoor sports.

In the meantime it broadcasted news stories of more than 50 codes of extreme sports, and more than 7 thousand interviews with Russian and foreign athletes were aired.

As a director and screenwriter, she participated in the production of numeral action and extreme sports documentaries.

As an author, she collaborates with National Geographic Traveler, Men's Health, Off Road Drive, L'Officiel Voyage magazines.

Hobbies: snowboarding, wakeboarding, wakesurfing, trekking.

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