On the morning of May 10, 1996, climbers from two commercial expeditions start their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. With little warning, a violent storm strikes the mountain, engulfing the adventurers in one of the fiercest blizzards ever encountered by man. Challenged by the harshest conditions imaginable, the teams must endure blistering winds and freezing temperatures in an epic battle to survive against nearly impossible odds.
When Rob Hall (Jason Clarke)’s team is asked why they are climbing Mount Everest, everyone answers “because it’s there,” a motto of mountain-climbers worldwide. In a 1924 interview, George Mallory, an English mountaineer who took part in the first three British expeditions to Mount Everest, responded with the same answer when asked why he would risk his life to become the first person to summit Everest. Mallory disappeared during a summit attempt in June 1924. His body was found in May 1999, just under 700 meters from the top.