HIMALAYA is a fable, that we heard whispered in our ears while hiking through the mountains.
“Himalaya” (हिमालय) literally means “abode of snow”. And this range actually is home to nine of the ten highest peaks on Earth, including the highest, Mount Everest, which is called Sagarmatha in Nepal and Chomolungma – The Goddess Mother of Earth – in Tibet. It is also home to thousands of people, stretching through five countries: Nepal, India, Bhutan, China (Tibet) and Pakistan. Three major rivers in the world — the Indus, the Ganges and the Brahmaputra — originate in the Himalaya.
HIMALAYA is femme fatale, like a mother or a lover, embracing and raising, taking care of you, challenging and rewarding, letting you go and then waiting for you to come back. Because you definitely will.
HIMALAYA was written during the three-week hike in the mountains. Later it was edited from the material, gathered during the hike.
[There is footage from the summit of Mount Everest used in the video. It belongs to Edita Nichols – first Lithuanian woman to reach the top of Chomolungma.]
Berta Tilmantaite is a Lithuanian multimedia journalist, photographer and videographer. Her visual stories from different parts of the world often focus on the connection between human and nature.
Berta has BA in Journalism from Vilnius University (Lithuania), also took a course in Photojournalism at Danish School of Media and Journalism. She holds MA in International Multimedia Journalism (University of Bolton/Beijing Foreign Studies University).
Currently Berta works as a freelance multimedia journalist and photographer. Her work has been published all over the world, in websites and magazines such as National Geographic, Al Jazeera, Geographical, GEO, Rhythms Monthly, China Green, China daily, and others. She also occasionally lectures at Vilnius University and VGT University in Vilnius, Lithuania.