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Zabardast

Picture Organic Clothing presents an epic film recounting a freeride expedition in Pakistan.

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Pakistan is probably not at the top of your list as an international skiing destination, but for eight eccentric athletes, the country stole their hearts, but not without some serious suffering in the process.

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The Biacherahi Tower in PakistanPhoto Credit: Jérôme Tanon

Zabardast, which means “wonderful” in Urdu, follows athletes Hélias Millerioux, Léo Taillefer, Pierre Frechou, Julien Nadiras, Jérôme Tanon, Yannick Graziani, Thomas Delfino, and Zak Mills deep into the Pakistani Karakoram mountains. The story is told through the actual journal entries that each expedition team member wrote during the trip, making for an engaging story throughout.

The freeriders’ objective is to make a first descent of the impressive Biacherahi Tower. The near-vertical face definitely makes an impression on any steep skier’s mind with incredibly potential, but the work these athletes put in to get there, and the weather they have to endure in the process, will make you re-think booking a ticket to Islamabad in the near future. 

You don’t have to be a ski mountaineer, or even a skier, to be impressed by this film. “You don’t have to be a golfer to enjoy a movie about golfing if the story is captivating,” said Zabardast director Jérôme Tanon in an email with SKImag.com. “I hope that anyone can watch and enjoy this film.”

Photo Credit: Jérôme Tanon
Approaching another objective in the Karakoram.Photo Credit: Jérôme Tanon

You can learn more about the film on Picture Organic Clothing’s website.