From the producers of Microcosmos and in the spirit of the classic Baraka, Himalaya is an epic adventure story set against the staggering backdrop of the Nepalese Himalayas. At an altitude of five thousand metres in the remote mountain province of Dolpo, Himalaya is the story of an ancient tribe who lead a caravan of yaks across the mountains, carrying salt from the high plateau down to the plains. It tells the classic tale of rivalry between an aging chieftain and the young daring herdsman challenging his leadership and the affections of his family.The film is a sort of western - a Tibetan western - a universal and timeless saga of power, pride and love. The extreme environment of the Himalayas is magnificently contrasted to the delicacy of humanity and the beauty of Tibetan culture.Himalaya was shot in stunning widescreen over nine months on location in a region that can only be reached on foot, with all characters played by real chiefs, lamas and local villagers. Director Eric Valli has lived in Nepal since 1983, and is also a photographer and author, his work regularly published in National Geographic, Geo and Life magazines.