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Nepal, precipice of the damned (full documentary)

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“I’ve never had a worse journey in my life,” says the old man sitting in the rear of the jeep, clinging tightly onto the fittings of the SUV. “What with rock falls, landslides, crashed trucks, snowfall on the high ground… that road is a real nightmare!” The Karnali Highway, in the North West of Nepal is the most dangerous road in the country. It’s 250 kilometres long and links the town of Surkhet, in the valley, to Jumla, altitude 3,000 metres. It sometimes takes five days to make the trip. Hewn out of the rock on the flank of the mountain set in an outstanding natural background, this road, opened barely two years ago, is finally allowing the population of this, the poorest region of Nepal to open up to the rest of the country, to move about and, above all, to bring in supplies of every type. Drivers of trucks, jeeps and even tractors, travellers, shopkeepers who go down to the valley for supplies, public transport, columns of people on foot walking for several days to get to their village… for them the road, despite everything, is the safest and fastest way of getting around this mountainous region. For several weeks, we accompanied all those who, willingly or otherwise, take this “impossible highway”.
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forty two (1 day ago)
White rice has no nutritional value. They add iron and B1 to prevent Beriberi.
forty two (1 day ago)
Rothers? Do you mean Raute?
forty two (1 day ago)
"Hey, this bag has a hole in it!" That's okay. It'll be fine. "Okay, sign this form saying if it's lost, you'll take responsibility." Because if it's lost the driver will be charged for it. That's why the merchant likes the young man. He doesn't make sure all the t's are crossed and the i's dotted.
sibeleen (4 days ago)
The state of that road is Nepaling!
Resham Acharya (10 days ago)
these nomads are the happy souls...look how happily he dance on the arrival...
goerizal1 (10 days ago)
great adventure story - with lots of humanity. i appreciate this very much. my original country's roads are only slightly better at times. thanks.
Mamo Seturumane (11 days ago)
I salute this guys!!!.....
Travis Bickle (14 days ago)
47:40 Job Description Human Jackhammer .
villagelightsmith (1 month ago)
Even in the USA, one out of every 122 babies born will someday die in a motor vehicle crash. It is a part of our way of life that we simply don't worry about. The other 121 babies will die some other way; a few will die along the way, and a few will live to be very old. But in the end, they [we] will all experience some kind of death. Nothing to worry about, of course.
Trevor Ogorman (1 month ago)
Wow such nice people 😊
bibash rumba (1 month ago)
Interpretation is so funny, Nothing relate to what they are saying.
Tee Kay (1 month ago)
Two angels as passengers. You're lucky to have them
Anga Metha (1 month ago)
What a guy, Tilak. God be with you always!
cuppateadee (1 month ago)
its so shocking. ive done really bad roads in nepal india himalaya and hindu kush and its really scarey but this road looks worse than the rohtang pass
cuppateadee (1 month ago)
I remember taking a treker to pokhara hospital. it was so poor with hardly any drugs and equipment. I was shocked and it eas in 1986. medecin sans frontieres and love hope strength foundation do great work.
cuppateadee (1 month ago)
its very poor over western nepal and the life is so hard. what great people. god bless them
Barb Mc (1 month ago)
Makes me appreciate where i live and how silly my everyday problems are.
starmanskye (1 month ago)
The Indian Mahindra turbo-charged Jeep-styled 3/4 ton SUVs seem pretty durable, nimble and capable vehicles, ably complementing the initiative and demands of drivers, crew, businesses and passengers, just the thing for medium-light-duty hauling on the rugged tracks of the Himalayan frontier country. Nicely-done, sensitive and thoughtful docu!
Dong Wang Kong (1 month ago)
7 day walk WAAAAW wont find any European doing that just to go home from work / TUFF STUFF /
cuppateadee (1 month ago)
Dong Wang Kong I walked 7 days across from almora to pithoragarh with heavy pack but its no relation to their hardship and true strength courage and selflessness.
Donny Vang (1 month ago)
It's documentary like this that makes me appreciate what i have, and the little things in life. Thank you.
Oz N' Roses Ginger (1 month ago)
The people who the young boy ran into on the road were more excited to see him than his family appeared. How sad.
Thendup Norbu (1 month ago)
The narration and translation seems to be kinda off... but kudos to the film maker
Martin Bernhardt (1 month ago)
love these forest dudes.. just show up and everyone feels obliged to help ya... i am gonna try this here... i wonder if it helps when i have a bottle of booze in my hands???? mmhhh
Dennis Maina (1 month ago)
The jeep driver is so very generous....hope he gets more to share with his people..
sophia angelini (1 month ago)
"You keep your houses, we will keep our forests" Vivent les nomades!
TROOT (1 month ago)
compelling real life stuff.. actually felt his relief at journey's end.
TROOT (1 month ago)
imagine rush hour. speed limit......5 mph
richard george (1 month ago)
our youngsters here in Britain should be ashamed of themselves after seeing this, they have NO IDEA odf hardship and REAL STRUGGLE to SUPPORT an ENTIRE family
DAWSLAMMER NZ (1 month ago)
good ethics and hard working people,young man has my admiration. respect from new Zealand
Justin Betland (2 months ago)
Wait, what are those nomadic people called? I couldnt hear
Ramesh Gautam (1 month ago)
Justin Betland - they are called Raute...
gaurav mainali (1 month ago)
Justin Betland haha I am no sir. But ya these nomads are very peculiar in d sense of nature and living of the grid. Nature lovers and don't believe in school and outside world. Routeys tribes are good at hiding . Even I have not met them.
Justin Betland (1 month ago)
gaurav mainali Thank You Very Much Sir
gaurav mainali (1 month ago)
Justin Betland routey*
Aqua Rius (2 months ago)
The translation is not very accurate if you can understand the conversation then it is very very interesting to watch the documentary... but I admire the hardwork done by this team to create this documentary.. THANK YOU SO MUCH....!
Azad Jatt (2 months ago)
Nepal is very beautiful same like Pakistan awesome city people's don't know this life I live in Hongkong but I love to explore Pakistan rural areas so beautiful so humble can't explain how lovely to live in these areas so pure so untouched lovely life
Aryan Glory. (5 days ago)
Pakistan is good friend to Nepal. Almost same.
Azad Jatt (1 month ago)
cuppateadee I totally agree with u brother they live life we waste aur life chasing money and die without seeing the beauti of life these people's are living life
cuppateadee (1 month ago)
Azad Jatt I love the pahari people in chitral and nepal. it was awesome and I feel so blessed to have met such poor yet spiritually rich and good people who smile. god bless them all. they are way better than the affluent around the world.
kumar chetri (2 months ago)
I want to help this kid Rajesh ..how can I help him ?
010011 (2 months ago)
to all these people who think people existing in poor economies and who do what they have to do..are automatically good people when paired up against the "western youth"..you ignore the fact that these economies are a result of collective effort ,social norms and social problems. If the government does not make safe roads..then that means its people who MUST use that road are inherently good people? Some of you are a bit lazy in your thinking.
Debra DeSimone (2 months ago)
Wow and our young people complain! These young people grow up so fast and death is always a possibility, yet their responsibility to their families are very strong and they take it so seriously. We can certainly learn from these people.
cbschea1 (2 months ago)
Very nice documentary on roads & the folks hardship in Nepal. Never could have imagine the daily hazards the people there go thru.
Maud Smith (2 months ago)
Any time I feel weak and sorry for my luck, I will remember your videos and I will regain strength to face my day. Thank you for yoru videos...and please, keep doing your job. Thank you
Maud Smith (2 months ago)
When I am feeling wead and moaning about something, I think of your videos and that is VITAMIN for me..., from Las Vegas, VV
Maud Smith (2 months ago)
I am addicted to your videos
Motiram Darai (2 months ago)
I love Nepal🇳🇵🇳🇵🇳🇵
SuperBat (2 months ago)
A hard life doesn't describe this, we need a new word for this.
starmanskye (1 month ago)
Super; Indomitable comes to mind ~ a tribute to the fiercely courageous resourcefulness of the unvanquishable human spirit.
edwin vicencio (3 months ago)
all I can see is kindness the boy and the driver
green world (3 months ago)
ur caption sucks
cimo cimak (3 months ago)
Is anyone here who want to say goodbye cell phones and money and move over there
habibi kobus (4 months ago)
hope tilak ds days.became successfull person and open his hands to every one... may gob bless nepal.... i would download ds vids and show to my family in philippines
habibi kobus (4 months ago)
salute to nepal... namaste.. from philippines.... ... they are hardworking...
Leonard Carr (4 months ago)
Namaste Nepal👍🇳🇿
groundpounder24 (4 months ago)
Damn that kid is tough...the look on his face right after the narrator says, "...makes up for that backbreaking work." is a look of hate/anger...I empathize with him, hope he makes his way to a better life.
Dx Fire (5 months ago)
The Hindu bureaucrats (Bahuns and Chettris) of Nepal eats all the money and resources leaving nothing for the citizens...Neither they let anyone other than own community be in parliament favoring nepotism...Brainwashing the innocent and gullible citizens through media and blaming other countries for the misfortune other than themselves....They are busy promoting beef ban and Hiduism while eating the money they get from missionaries and foreign aids....I salute the Nepalese people for being resilient even when they have shitty incompetent leaders and having faced with abject poverty but carrying on and not giving up....The bureaucracy has ruined and looted Nepal time and time again making people suffer the ramifications...It's time the Nepalese people realise that the Government is the problem...
Suman Yadav (1 month ago)
Dx Fire Ok I get it hindu ( especially bahun and chettri )are not citizen of Nepal this means more than 90% of hindu people are not Nepali citizen.Because most of the caste(newar,tamanag,rai,limbu,pariyar,yadav,chaudary and lots of other caste) follow religion related to hindu so all of them are not citizen of Nepal.Only minority people who worship Jesus must be the citizen of Nepal . ( Christanity people which was never found in Nepal in past some years back now stand in about 1-2 percent peope who follow christian religion).So in conclusion minority people should be given more post in government organization and people with majority should be in least post in government organization.So that people with minority should be flourish and with majority should collapse into poverty.Then it will be tit for tat.Good thinking educated dumb.Position post should be given according to qualifications and ability not with caste,religion or sex.When educated people think like that I feel ashamed being Nepali.We are new generation and we should change thought if you thought like that you are an educated dumb.Dont start talking about caste new generation people, eduction change the thoughts of people (who are good) but senseless and manner less dumb people remain always senseless,manner less and dumb even they are educated.Talk about making equality people.If new generation people think same as old forefather then its your fault.Mind can be changed with yoga and meditation follow our old culture of yoga and meditation from hindu religion it will help you alot in changing mind with good spirit.Jai Shiva Shambo may he be with you to change your view Bhagwan le rakchaya garun sadd buddi diun sab nepali lai.Jai Bholenath Jai Nepal.
An Angry Man (1 month ago)
So u motherfucking moron when u abuse hindus nd say that u SALUTE NEPALESE COMMUNITY then whome r u addressi g is it nepalese hindis or non hondis Only coz nepal majority is hindu...ur speech itself shows. Your hatred u fucking terrorist...shaaabji
brijesh mishra (1 month ago)
Hey joker the Vehicle that they are using are made by 'Hindu' engineer,which cheap,durable,&strong.Not like you ..obnixious character.
kibha rajbha jadeja (2 months ago)
You are wrong Mr DX fire do your homework properly, I think you must be dalit I assume!!!!
Leonard Carr (4 months ago)
Dx Fire Well who next?The monarchy has gone.Good luck.
steve turpin (5 months ago)
Wow! Beautiful vid...thanks
Glenn Krieger (5 months ago)
I don't know...the roads in Michigan...
Manny (5 months ago)
Telac's a good man with a good heart.
kibha rajbha jadeja (2 months ago)
Manny it's Tilak
rajan mishra (5 months ago)
Can you please tell me in which year you had shot this documentary?
Brian Smaller (5 months ago)
41:18 In the other jeep one of the dead. Except it looked awfully like that blanket was moving. "I'm not dead yet!"
Doog (4 months ago)
It was the wind blowing the blanket
srrings (5 months ago)
13:40 And We Will Keep Our Forest
Togbe Osagyefo (2 months ago)
Keep your houses and keep our forests
Gunda Wechee (4 months ago)
srrings the Best...
veronica eve (5 months ago)
What are you , Mountain goats? What are you doing?!
Best documentary I have watched the best
sam333 (5 months ago)
Brilliant doc 42.22 he says fortunately it's going to be improved? Then more cars vans etc so probably worse like roads in the uk
CheetahFoxx (5 months ago)
0:41 There's no blue jays in Nepal!
The traveler (5 months ago)
Beautiful documentary. These people seem to have enjoyment in their lives.
jemodeu (5 months ago)
they are really good people, salute from China
bibash rumba (1 month ago)
We appreciate your admiration.
habibi kobus (4 months ago)
jemodeu yes they are.. i have lots of nepalese friends here in saudi
Casey Lane (5 months ago)
I hope they are doing well.
mhadeline Dhimz (5 months ago)
Let's Explore and Travel (5 months ago)
Much respect to work ethic and toughness of the people of Nepal..
X-Ray Crystallography (12 days ago)
let's, the reality is that they aspire to be as rich, pampered, and spoiled as any Westerner watching this doc. Kind of ironic, huhh?? People work hard to get away from hardship, that is the entire story of human civilization.
Maud Smith (2 months ago)
Lets explore and travel: You are right! I feel ashamed of myself when I think that I am a moaner and I see these wonderful people going through so much hardship
Khadkabahadur Budha (5 months ago)
I love this video and thank you make for this video
stashtrey1 (5 months ago)
Love these doc's. The young boy who made his way back from India to his family was such a good kid. Bringing back all those things for his family on his back. Kids today in the west have no clue what hardship and hard work really is.
Robin Swamidasan (2 months ago)
Sam333: It's not that they're not bothered. It's that they have no clue as to what life is like over there, they don't know long it will be before he returns, there's no means of communication with him, and there's nothing they can do about any of these things. So, they're stoic about it all. They don't worry, or learn not to show their worries to others.
Flosyd (2 months ago)
you sir is an idiot!
010011 (2 months ago)
should kids in the west know this type of hardship? this hardship is not a mark of good character but of bad governance,corruption and oppression.
Leonard Carr (4 months ago)
stashtrey1 In India at a guesthouse they had a Nepali worker.Hed been there four years and was about to take his first trip home,he was 18 hadn't seen any family for four years.
dreams of turtles (5 months ago)
True, we people today don't know the hardships even of our grandfathers generation. My grandfather was a carpenter & i inherited his toolbox. Its big, filled with very heavy tools. It takes TWO young guys to lift it- and he used to carry it to worksites everyday.

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