100 Reasons Why - A film exploring why we climb

Our goal is to climb to the summit of Cholatse while capturing the bond of a roped brotherhood through a short documentary
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Project Overview

Our goal on this expedition is to reach the summit of Cholatse in good style, and to capture the magic of Himalayan climbing and the unbreakable brotherhood forged on a rope through film. The short documentary aims to explore the 'why' of climbing, to rekindle the ancient fire that burns within, and to create new and powerful bonds with nature and those that live by its rules. 

The Climb

Cholatse is a 6,440m technical climb in the Himalayas. We will be climbing it with one minimal support from the Southwest ridge route and documenting the expedition via instagram posts and stories. The mountain is widely considered as a far more remote equal to the nearby infamous Ama Dablam and so we will be experiencing true wilderness away from the crowds of overly commercial expeditions. Looking at the rewards, there is a possibility to become part of the expedition team and join us to Base Camp for the full duration of the expedition. If you would like to join only the trek in to Gokyo Ri please go to https://wildguanabana.com/trip/gokyo-85 for more details.


Your contribution to this expedition is paramount to changing the way people, especially youngsters, view climbing in the region. In a time where the young generation is becoming more obsessed with records, we hope the documentary will inspire many to get out there and live their best life. To act as a reminder that nothing is stronger and more authentic than a bond formed during hardship between two people. Omar and I have both climbed extensively in mountain ranges around the world, and have worked together under the same roof for 3 years. This will be our first expedition together. 


Omar Samra - Climber, Adventurer

 I discovered climbing at the age of 16 in the Swiss Alps. However, I began climbing in earnest in my early twenties when I fell in love with the Andes during a 370-day backpacking trip. After more than a dozen climbs in the Andes and the Alps to prepare, I succeeded in becoming the first Egyptian to summit Everest in 2007. I went on to complete the 7 Summits and skied to both poles - all Egyptian firsts. Despite of the records, I always maintain that the most fun I've ever had climbing has been alpine-style in the Andes and on a series of first ascents and new routes in Antarctica. Why? the remoteness gives an unmatched sense of freedom and the hardships involved create a sense of camaraderie like no other. 

Hazem Shamy - Alpine Climber, Photographer/Videographer

I'm an aspiring climbing photographer and videographer. I've climbed 5 peaks in the Himalayas over the last 3 years, among others in Morocco, Russia, Jordan, and Egypt. Cholatse, as opposed to Ama Dablam, offers the opportunity to climb hard without the crowds and the waste. My interest in climbing is dominated by the spirit of adventure -  the isolation, the gnar, and the fun that comes with dealing with the unknown. 

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Omar Samra and Hazem Shamy will be attempting to climb Cholatse in the Nepalese Himalayas in November 2019 and make a short film about why we climb.

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Receive the Cholatse 2019 expedition sports T shirt
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By donating this amount you receive a special thanks in the credits of the ensuing short documentary as a contributor to the expedition
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Join us throughout the expedition and the trek in to base camp, taking roles in helping us reach the elusive summit of Cholatse!
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