"Dream Mountain" Selected for 2021/22 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

It is an honor to share the news that Dream Mountain was selected for the 2021/22 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. The in-person and virtual World Tour will travel for three years to 40 countries with the potential of over 1,000 screenings world-wide.

"Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita is an inspiration for both her mountaineering and humanitarian accomplishments,” remarked Katie Ives, Alpinist Magazine Editor-in-Chief. “Her story is one that deserves to be more widely known, and we’re excited that Dream Mountain is sharing it with audiences around the world.”

Launched in 1986, the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings mountain films to thousands of people who cannot make the annual trek to the Canadian Rockies.

“The dream of Dream Mountain has come true with the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour,” said Dream Mountain Executive Producer Cira Crowell. “Our original intention was to shed light on inspiration in a world that regularly discourages and limits girls and women at all stages – from hopefuls to elite professionals. We wanted to share Pasang’s heartfelt story in a way that integrates and encourages people and transcends boundaries of all types.”

@Pasang_Lhamu_Sherpa_Akita, an accomplished mountaineer, humanitarian and now mother, has won numerous prestigious awards including National Geographic’s People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year in 2016. In Dream Mountain Pasang reflects on her personal highs and lows and rediscovers for herself just how much the mountains have meant to her. The film offers insights into her struggle to balance mountaineering with motherhood, and the pressures of respecting her traditional culture while pushing boundaries as an elite female athlete. Returning to her mountain home and life-long passion, Pasang leads by force of inspiration.

“This life is beautiful and we only get this opportunity to live once, so we should live our life the way we want,” said Pasang. “All of us women have a right to live our dream. Keep dreaming.”

Photo by Cira Crowell featuring Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita with Cholatse in the background.