This last month we filmed several different stories for the film. One of these included following a mule driver on his quick two-day trip from Num (pronounce 'noom') - where the southern terminus of the road meets the trail, to Hatiya - a remote and picturesque stone village in the north. A couple weeks later we were chasing after Sumjok, a seventeen-year-old girl, as she traveled to the Chinese border to procure goods for her family. Close to the border, we got a chance to check in with the latest goings on with the road construction workers. It was an extremely productive and physically demanding trip!
Lucas filming the roads progress in Kimathangka & the villages across the Chinese border (along the river).
Kate filming Sumjok in a tree cutting the dead branches for firewood.
Solar charging in Kimanthangka. Across the valley in China powerlines are visible and lights burn bright in the night, but electricity has yet to come to the Nepal side of the border.
Maintenance on a bus in Chainpur, pulling out a rattling panel from the wheel carriage.
We were there for the peak season of the rhodedendrion blooms.