The Whisper of Kangla Pass

"The Whisper of Kangla Pass" is a captivating documentary that takes audiences on an extraordinary journey to the remote and secluded region of Upper Dolpa in Nepal. Directed and produced by Karma Tsultrim Lama, the film offers a unique perspective on life in one of the world's most isolated and challenging environments.

The documentary begins by introducing viewers to Karma Tsultrim Lama, who embarks on a 90-day expedition from the comforts of modern life to his ancestral homeland in Upper Dolpa. This remarkable transition transports audiences to a world where modern amenities are scarce, and the only way to reach the destination is by traversing challenging terrain on foot. On the third day of their arduous journey, the team confronts a life-threatening snowstorm on the treacherous Kangla Pass, a moment that tests their resilience to the extreme.

"The Whisper of Kangla Pass" is not just a tale of survival; it is an inspirational exploration of the raw and untamed beauty of Upper Dolpa, a region hidden from the eyes of the world. The film offers a rare glimpse into a place where schools, hospitals, and the conveniences of modern life are virtually nonexistent. Through breathtaking cinematography, viewers are reminded of the privileges they often take for granted.

The heart of the documentary lies in its portrayal of the Upper Dolpo citizens who face daily hardships in their struggle to survive in the unforgiving mountain terrain. Their unique culture remains untouched by modernity, and their resilience is a testament to the human spirit. "The Whisper of Kangla Pass" sheds light on their reality, their hopes, and their daily battles.

This documentary is more than a visual feast; it is a call to action. By sharing the challenges faced by the Upper Dolpo region with the world, Karma Tsultrim Lama hopes to garner support and assistance for the local communities. "The Whisper of Kangla Pass" is an eye-opening and emotionally charged film that invites audiences to reflect on their own lives and encourages them to make a difference in the lives of those who reside in the remote corners of the world. It's a powerful testament to the enduring human spirit and the need for global solidarity in the face of adversity.

Prepare to be captivated and inspired as "Whispers of Kangla Pass" transports you to a world where the whispers of nature and human endeavor echo in harmony, revealing the true essence of Upper Dolpo - a hidden gem awaiting to be discovered.

  • Karma Tsultrim Lama
  • Karma Tsultrim Lama
  • CED Society
  • Pema Dolma Gurung
    Key Cast
  • Thoeka Samdup Gurung
    Key Cast
  • Ngodup Sangmo Gurung
    Key Cast
  • Phurpa Lhamo Gurung
    Key Cast
  • Tenzin Kunchok Negi
    Key Cast
  • Jigmey Tsering Gurung
    Key Cast
  • Pema Gojor Gurung
  • Adarsh Shreshtha
    Camera sponsor
  • Bruno Coulais
    Music Credits
  • Bruno Coulais
    Music Credits
    La mort de Lapkha
  • Bruno Coulais
    Music Credits
    Le lac
  • Aaha TV
    Music Credits
    Relko Bato
  • Yajamro Entertainment
    Music Credits
    Galbandi Chino
  • Gar Dorje
    Music Credits
    La Thamo
  • Tenzin Kunsel
    Music Credits
    Phayul Drenlu
  • Alan Walker
    Music Credits
  • Himalaya Soundtrack
    Himalaya Album
    Virgin Records
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Drama, Narrative, Documentary, Adventure
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 15 minutes 6 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 15, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,550 USD
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  • Language:
    English, Nepali, Tibetan
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - CED Society
Director Biography - Karma Tsultrim Lama

My name is Karma Tsultrim Lama, and my life's journey has been a remarkable transformation from a remote village in Upper Dolpa, Nepal, to becoming a Master of Animation. Born into a humble peasant family with limited resources, my early years were marked by challenges and uncertainties. However, a twist of fate brought me the opportunity of a lifetime, and I seized it with determination and gratitude.

I hail from the picturesque Karang Village in Upper Dolpa, a region known for its remote and rugged terrain. Growing up in this isolated environment, I learned the value of hard work, resilience, and the importance of community bonds. My family's modest means were supported by my father, a talented Thanka artist, who instilled in me an appreciation for art and creativity from an early age.

My life took an unexpected turn when Lama Tensin, a compassionate soul, visited our village. His arrival marked a turning point in my journey. Lama Tensin recognized my potential and, in an act of incredible generosity, sponsored my entire education and accommodation, enabling me to pursue my dreams.

With Lama Tensin's support, I embarked on a path of education that would shape my future. I dedicated myself to my studies, with an unwavering commitment to making the most of this life-changing opportunity. I pursued a Bachelor's degree, and my thirst for knowledge led me to Chandigarh University.

In 2022, I proudly graduated from Chandigarh University with a Master's degree in Animation. This achievement marked the culmination of years of hard work, sacrifice, and the belief that dreams can be realized even in the most challenging circumstances. My education broadened my horizons and deepened my passion for the world of animation.

Today, I am a freelance graphic designer and content creator, using my skills to bring art and visual storytelling to life. My journey from a remote village in Upper Dolpa to the world of animation and design.

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Director Statement

I created this film to shed light on the challenges and narratives of the Upper Dolpo region on a global platform. Hailing from this remote area myself, I carry a profound responsibility to initiate positive transformations in my homeland through the power of cinema. Through this documentary, I aim to showcase the resilience of a region in the face of adversity, a place adorned with stunning natural beauty and hope that the world will join us in our journey to bring about positive change.