In Tibetan culture blind children are believed to be possessed by demons, and as a result the children are shunned by their parents, scorned by their villages and rejected by society. Six of these kids get rescued by Sabriye Tenberken – a blind educator and adventurer who established the first school for the blind in Lhasa – and band together to the impossible and attempt to climb the North Side of Mount Everest covered in the award winning documentary ‘Blindsight’.
Sabriye Tenberken — a blind German social worker established the first school for the blind in Lhasa and has been working all his life to help the blind in Tibet. When in 2001 he hears about Erik Weihenmayer – the blind adventurer covered on kickasstrips before – becoming the first blind person to actually climb Everest he is inspired. And to inspire some of his blind kids he starts a project to try to get six kids trying to climb Everest as well.
Ascending Everest with Erik Weihenmayer
Sabriye and his students invite the famous blind mountain climber Erik Weihenmayer to visit their school after learning about his conquest of Everest. Erik arrives in Lhasa and inspires Sabriye and her students Kyila, Sonam Bhumtso, Tashi, Gyenshen, Dachung and Tenzin to let him lead them higher than they have ever been before.
The resulting 3-week journey is beyond anything any of them could have predicted.With the inspiration of their fiery, blind teacher who fought to establish a Tibetan school for blind children, the teens are guided by Erik Weihenmayer, the only blind mountaineer to have successfully scaled Everest. The climbers suffer through illness, bad weather, and the stark challenge of tackling one of the greatest natural wonders on the planet.
Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Himalayas, Blindsight follows the six Tibetan teenagers on their journey to climb the 23,000 foot Lhakpa Ri mountain in the shadow of Mount Everest. A dangerous journey soon becomes a seemingly impossible challenge….Will they make it?!