Sagarmatha Next strives to promote sustainable tourism in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Our aim is to change the perception around waste and provide support to the local stakeholders of the region, by bringing innovative and sustainable solutions for solid waste management.
Why Sagarmatha Next?
Sagarmatha Next is the first project of Himalayan Museum and Sustainability Park (HSMP-a non profit company) situated at Syangboche near Namche Bazar, enroute to the Everest Base camp. Being home to the world’s highest mountain, the Khumbu region receives an ever growing flow of visitors from across the globe. While this has brought socio-economic development in the area, it has also put a lot of pressure on biodiversity and the regions delicate ecosystem during the last few decades.
In 2018 alone, the Khumbu Valley received over 60 000 tourists which along with the local population of 11 000 indigeneous sherpas and workers from other parts of Nepal resulted in generation of about 790 kg of waste per day during the trekking seasons which added up to +200 000 kg of waste in the year 2018 .
Even though continuous efforts have been taken by the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC) and various local stakeholders to collect and manage the waste, the challenge is still “what to do with the collected waste?”.
At present most of it is left behind in numerous pits (+75) that are dug throughout the Khumbu Valley, where most of the waste is simply burnt.
The lack of infrastructure in the high regions and the difficulty to transport it out of the valley, has required all of us to think about creative ways to manage the waste.
What we do?
We aim to change the perception around ”waste” by creating awareness among the locals and visitors and demonstrating that if treated properly, waste has a value.
Sagarmatha Next has 2 components:
Sagarmatha Next aims to be the next frontier for tourism, sustainability and the environment. We hope that the symbolism of Sagarmatha Next can inspire people to be more sensitive and careful with the environment and support practical means to address real challenges in the mountain regions of the world. Sagarmatha next aims to contribute to the United Nations SDG 12 that includes reducing waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.