Lakes of Nepal

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Nepal, known for its towering mountains and diverse landscapes, is also home to an array of stunning lakes that offer breathtaking views and cinematic appeal. From tranquil alpine lakes nestled amid snow-capped peaks to turquoise jewels hidden within lush valleys, Nepal’s lakes provide filmmakers with captivating settings for a wide range of visual storytelling. Here’s a guide to some of the most picturesque lakes in Nepal that are perfect for filming.

    1. Phewa Lake (Pokhara)
      Located in the picturesque city of Pokhara, Phewa Lake is one of Nepal’s most iconic and photogenic lakes. Surrounded by lush green hills and overlooked by the majestic Annapurna range, Phewa Lake offers filmmakers a stunning backdrop for capturing dramatic sunrises, colorful sunsets, and reflections of the towering mountains in its tranquil waters. Boating scenes, lakeside cafes, and traditional Nepali boats known as “phewa boats” add to the lake’s cinematic charm.


    1. Rara Lake (Mugu District)
      Situated in the remote Mugu District of western Nepal, Rara Lake is the largest lake in the country and a hidden gem for filmmakers seeking pristine natural beauty. Encircled by dense forests and snow-capped peaks, Rara Lake mesmerizes with its crystal-clear waters and ever-changing hues. Filmmakers can capture aerial shots of the lake’s expansive shores, wildlife documentaries featuring migratory birds, and intimate moments of solitude against the backdrop of untouched wilderness.


    1. Tilicho Lake (Annapurna Circuit)
      Perched at an altitude of over 4,900 meters (16,000 feet), Tilicho Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world and a paradise for adventurous filmmakers. Accessible via the Annapurna Circuit trekking route, Tilicho Lake offers filmmakers the opportunity to capture the raw beauty of the Himalayas, including towering peaks, glacial valleys, and rugged terrain. Aerial footage of Tilicho Lake against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains provides a cinematic spectacle like no other.


    1. Gosaikunda Lake (Langtang National Park)
      Nestled amidst the pristine landscapes of Langtang National Park, Gosaikunda Lake is a sacred pilgrimage site and a visual marvel for filmmakers. Surrounded by rugged peaks and alpine meadows, Gosaikunda Lake offers filmmakers a variety of cinematic opportunities, from capturing religious rituals and cultural festivals to showcasing the region’s rich biodiversity. Sunrise and sunset scenes at Gosaikunda Lake bathed in golden light create an ethereal atmosphere that is perfect for storytelling.


    1. Phoksundo Lake (Dolpa District)
      Tucked away in the remote Dolpa District of western Nepal, Phoksundo Lake is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by filmmakers seeking off-the-beaten-path destinations. With its deep blue waters contrasting against barren cliffs and arid landscapes, Phoksundo Lake exudes a sense of mystery and enchantment that is perfect for cinematic exploration. Filmmakers can capture scenes of nomadic herders, traditional Tibetan villages, and ancient monasteries nestled along the shores of the lake.


Nepal’s lakes offer filmmakers a diverse array of cinematic settings, from serene alpine lakes framed by snow-capped peaks to remote jewels hidden within pristine wilderness. Whether you’re capturing epic landscapes, intimate moments, or cultural traditions, Nepal’s lakes provide endless opportunities for visual storytelling and creative expression. Embark on a cinematic journey and discover the beauty of Nepal’s lakes through the lens of your camera.

You have to See it to believe it

Filming The Unique Tradition of The Sky Burial Documentary


A thrilling and eye opening experience!

Sky Burial, ever heard of it? Chances are you have not because this practice of excarnation happens selectively in certain regions of Tibet and Nepal, which is why we jumped at the chance to film it when the opportunity came about. Kathmandu Flims is known for their daring, experimental storytelling and there was no doubt that we would not work on this project. Below is an account of what happens when covering just distinct pieces.


Warm Hospitality Beats Any Brutal Terrain

So, it began we packed our bags and headed to Upper Mustang, the stone walled region that whispers years of history. We knew going to remote areas and shooting for this story would be challenging and we were pretty spot on with our predictions. The challenges begun from day one has we trudged through the paths to Upper Mustang amidst unpredictable wind and chaotic road maintenance.


What got us through it?

Definitely the warm connection we have with the locals, our interpersonal skills have enabled us to connect with foreigners and locals alike making it easy for us to find those willing to help us. The freezing temperature at night felt a little warmer with some local hospitality.

Our practice of always staying prepared helped us too, not going to lie. The contingency plans are always in place when dealing with filming in remote areas of Nepal. Hence, the initial distress of getting on location permits in the border of Nepal and China quickly resolved due to the avid knowledge we have about them which were accompanied by great interpersonal rapport with the professionals.


Storytelling Inspires Us

We went above and beyond for clients, and it was worth every effort. Our interaction with the team was very friendly and encouraging one that strived us to perform better. We do not just limit ourselves to the task assigned but as a creative company we suggests way and ideas that could help in the process of storytelling as well.


The Resistance And Triumph

Talking about a lost tradition is not easy which is why many of the locals we interviewed were hesitant at first. However, as a filming company one of our main responsibilities is to become as investigative as possible. We used our skills in communication to tap into them, make them comfortable enough to talk about this unique traditions.

While the customers were hesitant, the equipments were another issues, giving in to the cold, lack of electricity and internet. This is when the creatives in our team used their own hacks, waking up early to power equipments and transport to fight the cold. Despite the resistance being able to finish the 5 days earlier to scheduled because of good coordination within the team and our hard.


For Filming Everything Is Worth It

KF films definitely got tested in this shoot, but we didn’t let the environment or the unique story overwhelms us, in fact it just made us more creative and tactful. The sky burials shoot was one of the most memorable shoots for us because of all that we learned and all the challenges that we faced, we never shy away from a challenged and this project tested us in every which way. Was it worth all that effort? Always. Quiet ironically the burials came to life with our filming and that is all we hope achieve with our work.