Cleaning Up Everest

On May 29, 1953 the first summit of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, put Nepal on the map for adventurers from around the world. The influx of tourism that ensued brought with it good and bad. Prior to westerners arriving, the Sherpa residents of the remote mountain villages of the Everest region lived a subsistence lifestyle, producing mostly biodegradable waste. Tourism introduced plastics to their lives, and without roads or garbage collection the problem of waste management soon became a reality. The once pristine natural environment and river systems soon became littered with Mars Bar wrappers and Coke cans.

In April 2013 a small group of World Expeditions Community Project Travel participants trekked into the village of Junbesi to build a waste incinerator for the nearby Buddhist Serlo Monastery. The project was a great success, here are some images from the project …

Nepal Serlo Monastery Waste Management Project

Nepal Serlo Monastery Waste Management Project

Serlo 2013 4Nepal Serlo Monastery Waste Management Project

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