National Geographic will premiere two specials, Expedition Everest and Lost on Everest later this month, with unparalleled access from renowned explorers, scientists, photographers and filmmakers.
National Geographic has a long, deep-rooted history of traveling to one of Earth’s most extreme environments atop the highest peak in the world — Mount Everest — to investigate, observe and deliver powerful, groundbreaking stories, despite its risks.
Since 1933, when the magazine published a story about flying over the mountain for the first time, to Society’s first grant in the region in 1948, to National Geographic’s very first television broadcast in 1965, which featured footage shot from Everest for the first time, our yellow border in exploring the mountain has been unmatched.
Premiering July 14 at 9.30pm AEST, Expedition Everest follows a team of international scientists, climbers and storytellers to the top of the world’s highest peak to conduct the most comprehensive, single scientific expedition in Mount Everest history. The one-hour special, narrated by actor Tate Donovan (“MacGyver,” “The Man in the High Castle”) captures trailblazing climate research that is critical to understanding changes facing the mountain and its glaciers, and shines a light on the threats these changes pose to the communities that live downstream. The groundbreaking mission captures the drama the dedicated, elite expedition team faced and reveals the high stakes and motivations of those who risk their lives to discover the secrets of Everest.
Lost on Everest
Premiering July 21 at 8.30pm AEST, Lost on Everest investigates one of exploration’s most perplexing mysteries: What happened to the great explorers Andrew “Sandy” Irvine and George Leigh Mallory, who disappeared on June 8, 1924, while attempting the first summit of Everest? The clues to solving this mystery lie frozen somewhere near the top of the world’s tallest mountain.
The one-hour special is led by journalist, climber and adventurer Mark Synnott, along with National Geographic photographer, climber and mountaineer Renan Ozturk; they are joined by a world-renowned team of professional climbers with more than 100 combined years of experience on the mountain. Together, they set out to find the body of Everest pioneer Irvine; solve the mystery behind his disappearance; and conclusively determine who successfully conquered the world’s tallest mountain — a feat that would rewrite mountaineering history.