Nanga Parbat (film)

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Nanga Parbat
Film poster
Directed by Joseph Vilsmaier
Written by Reinhard Klooss
Sven Severin
Starring Florian Stetter
Andreas Tobias
Perathon Film-und Fernsehproduktions GmbH
Release dates
  • 14 January 2010 (2010-01-14) (Germany)
Running time
104 minutes
Country Germany
Language German
Budget 7,000,000 (estimated)

Nanga Parbat is a 2010 motion picture mountaineering movie about two brothers, Reinhold and Günther Messner, who climbed Nanga Parbat.


Drama about the tragic Nanga Parbat expedition by the two Messner brothers in 1970, on which Reinhold Messner's younger brother Günther died. Movie begins with the flashback showing two brothers Reinhold (Florian Stetter) and Günther Messner (Andreas Tobias) climbing a mountain. They reach the summit after a risky climb endangering the life of Günther. Then the movie comes to the present scenario where Karl Herrligkoffer (Karl Markovics) is presenting the facts and figures of the expedition which was led to ascent the Nanga Parbat a peak of Himalayan Territory located in Gilgit province in Northern Part of Pakistan. At the same time, Reinhold Messner enters the press hall where he is struck with surprise when Karl Herrligkoffer blames Reinhold Messner for the loss of his brother while ascending down. The media reporters rush towards Reinhold to know the actual incident that took place on Nanga Parbat.

Reinhold starts the story from their childhood events when they were in Germany. The story flashbacks in a town somewhere in Germany where two brothers are climbing the wall of their school located in the church and at the time they climb the wall, they are caught by the Priest of the church. The Messner brothers enter the class where the teacher is their own father, and they are scolded by their father for risking their life while climbing. In a occasion in the church, both brothers run to the roof top of the church where they can see breath-taking view of the mountain in their town, here they aim to ascend the summit of the Nanga Parbat. The story then advances to their young age life where they are studying in a school. Reinhold goes to a hospital to meet Karl Herrligkoffer, who had been leading the earlier expeditions to the Nanga Parbat. There they both agree to take an German expedition to ascend the summit of Nanga parbat.

They begin their expedition to Nanga Parbat leaving for Pakistan where they first reach Rawalpindi, a city in the north of Pakistan. There they have to convince the German Councillor for issuance of fureher fundings from German government. They then begin their journey first approaching to their base camp Rupal Flank in Gilgit Baltistan province. Four men, including Reinhold and Gunther, take their way to mission. While they are climbing they cold weather, which harms the, to a great extent. On their way to ascend, they are signalled by base camp for poor weather at the altutude of the peak, though Reinhold decides not to change his mind and to follow the pursuit of his mission, thus convincing his brother and other team members for returning back to base camp, indeed saving their lives. Gunther decides no to leave and to stay with his brother and to accomplish the mission. Both brothers succeed in ascending the summit of the peak where they flank their flag, in-spite of cold and heavy snowy weather at the summit, they decide to ascend down the peak as soon as possible, as Gunther is injured and suffering injuries to harsh weather and lack of food. On their way back, avalanches hits their way, which takes the life of Gutnher. Reinhold being dejected, makes his way down through the shorter way which leads to the Diamir face of the peak, instead of taking way back to his base camp at Rupal flank. Meanwhile, the other two members reach back to their base camp claiming the death of Messner brothers. Their camp decides to leave back for the Germany. Reinhold reaches the Diamir valley where he is rescued by the locals. From there he walks to the rupla flank towards his base camp with his foot affected with frostbite. There he is rescued by Pakistan army officer, who take along with him and on their way they meet their team.

The movie than shows the Reinhold in a hospital somewhere in Germany, and movie ends with he scene showing the people gathering in a church paying condolence to the Reinhold and his parents for the death of Gunther.


  • Florian Stetter as Reinhold Messner
  • Andreas Tobias as Günther Messner
  • Karl Markovics as Karl Maria Herrligkoffer
  • Volker Bruch as Gerd Bauer

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