The project was successfully completed. Learn more about this in the official and final press release by Prof. Kurt Luger.


  • A clean-up expedition on Mount Everest will be conducted in spring 2011 to remove approximately eight tons of rubbish from the mountain.
  • The rubbish collected will be sorted and responsibly handled in accordance with international standards.
  • Local garbage and recycling facilities will be installed and implemented along the trekking routes from Lukla to Everest Base Camp.
  • A new set of regulations on the Code of Conduct will be formulated for all future trekking and climbing groups to the area, constituting a platform for an environmentally sustainable system for the entire region.
  • Information and awareness-raising training on modern waste management and recycling techniques will enable local villagers to take over responsibility for running these facilities, thereby establishing local motivation as well as creating local job and income opportunities.
  • Public relations and media campaigns in Nepal and abroad.

Construction of new waste bins
New waste bin and SPCC staff
New waste bins for the Everest region

In cooperation with the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC) new waste bins are built along the trekking routes in the Everest region. SPCC is the local institution in charge of waste management and an important partner in the Saving Mount Everest Project.

The waste bins have two separate compartments for different kinds of waste and are made of timber or stone. The simple but solid construction prevents the waste from wind and cattle. Thus the waste is stored save until it is collected and transported to the local waste facilities.