Every year, hundreds of climbers and Sherpas attempt to scale one of the most beautiful and dangerous wonders of the world: Mount Everest. For every 10 people who reach the summit, one will die trying. It’s dangerous, it’s difficult and it’s death-defying -- for the lucky. With the margin of error between life and death so fine, the fate of even the most experienced climbers and Sherpas rests in the hands of the world’s most elite band of helicopter pilots.
“EVEREST RESCUE” journeys to the tops of the treacherous Everest Himalayan Mountains, highlighting the work of a rare breed of pilots who put their lives on the line to save those facing certain death. The series features exclusive access to a group of diverse helicopter pilots as they manage emergency calls during the 2016 climbing season as well as intimate interviews with them and their loved ones.
The adrenaline-filled, six-part series debuts on Sunday, January 8th at 10pm ET on Discovery Channel. “EVEREST RESCUE” will air on Sundays, skipping February 5, and concluding February 19. Shot over three days with rigged VR cameras on helicopters, these two exclusive pieces transport viewers to the mountain where Sir Edmund Hilary and his team made those first historic steps up the Southern Face of Everest to the summit. They feature a detailed tour of the mountain and an inside look at Lukla — the world’s most dangerous airport.