The Porter (film)

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The Porter
CinematographyBabin Dulal
Release date
March 29th, 2020
LanguageNepali, English

The Porter: The Untold Story at Everest is a 2020 Documentary Film following the first known American Porter (carrier) to aid a Mount Everest base camps expedition in Nepal and the living and working conditions experienced along the way.[1]


In 2019, Nathaniel James Menninger became the first known American Porter to aid a Everest base camps expedition.[1] Eating Dal bhat, working with a Tumpline namlo and speaking Nepali language|Nepali,[2] he immersed in Porter lifestyle.[3] The film follows Menninger from Kathmandu to Jiri, up through the Himalayas valley and to Mount Everest.[4] In Lukla, Menninger works with other Tamang people. The film documents the Porter experienced conditions along the way.


After its release, The Porter appeared as the feature of a CNN article. As a result, the film went viral and reached over 450,000 views.[5] The film and its issue have appeared in other major news outlets including Setopati,[6] Antena 3 (Spanish TV channel) 3 Deportes[7] and Outside (magazine)[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN, Tamara Hardingham-Gill. "The American man who became a porter on Everest". CNN. Retrieved 2020-12-22. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  2. "The Porter: what it's really like to work one of the hardest jobs on the planet". Retrieved 2020-12-22.
  3. "Exploitation on Mount Everest". Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. 2020-06-29. Retrieved 2020-12-22.
  4. "'Unusual' Doesn't Begin to Describe Former UVA Lacrosse Player's Adventures". UVA Today. 2020-05-19. Retrieved 2020-12-22.
  5. "The Porter: The Untold Story at Everest (2020) - YouTube". Retrieved 2020-12-22.
  6. "पर्यटक होइन, भरिया भएर सगरमाथा आधार शिविर पुगेका अमेरिकी". Setopati. Retrieved 2020-12-22.
  7. "Antena 3 Deportes // Nathaniel J. Menninger - YouTube". Retrieved 2020-12-22.
  8. Outdoor, Outside | Le magazine des amoureux de sports et culture (2020-10-16). "Film complet : " The Porter ", un Américain dans la peau d'un porteur sur l'Everest". Outside | Le magazine des amoureux de sports et culture Outdoor (in français). Retrieved 2020-12-22.

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