Elia Saikaly is an award-winning filmmaker whose global adventures inspire others to find their most meaningful lives and spark positive change.
Our Cho Oyu Challenge
A FindingLife Expedition
Director of Photography / Producer / Director
In 2011, six high school students from Canada teamed up with six high school students from Kenya to build classrooms for the disadvantaged community of Solio with the help of thousands of Canadian students and then climbed to the second highest peak in Africa. The expedition created and led by Elia Saikaly, in partnership with Dr. Norm O’Reilly from the University of Ottawa and Gavin Bate in support of the Moving Mountains Trust.
The summit of Cho Oyu
An interactive learning expedition
A charitable campaign
What began as a simple expedition between friends turned into an epic adventure shared with students in Canada. The climb is dedicated to my climbing partner Khiery Sammakieh who unfortunately was unable to reach the summit. This was our Cho Oyu challenge, what's yours?